The headline is a bit bland for the digital privacy issue. What the French are saying is that Google’s “proposed policy [is] murky in the details of how the company would use private data.” Should I be concerned about “murky in the details”?
I have to admit, I’m one of the 88 % of Google users who has not read the new policy that takes effect tomorrow.
From the letter sent by the French privacy agency, “Rather than promoting transparency, the terms of the new policy and the fact that Google claims publicly that it will combine data across services raises fears about Google’s actual practices. Our preliminary investigation shows that it is extremely difficult to know exactly which data is combined between which services for which purposes, even for trained privacy professionals.”
Okay … combining data from my Google searches, YouTube searches and my Android smartphone. “Don’t do evil” … right?
Somehow “don’t do evil” doesn’t make me feel any better. And yet, I’ll probably Google something else today. Maybe it’s time to check out Yahoo.