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Nest Google privacy row resumes as thermostat hacked

Nest Google privacy row resumes as thermostat hacked

Nest's announcement that it will share user data with Google as well as third-party services like Logitech and Jawbone has unsurprisingly reawakened privacy concerns, coinciding with a new hack of the Smart Thermostat that could in theory give nefarious backdoor access. The Nest Developer Program will allow fitness wearables like UP24, Mercedes-Benz cars, and Logitech Harmony remotes to link with the thermostat, but it's Google Now integration - and what that means for Nest's privacy promises - that have some concerned.

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Google Privacy Director steps down from position

Google Privacy Director steps down from position

Google's Director of Privacy, Alma Whitten, will be stepping down from her position soon. Whitten was first promoted to her position back in 2010 when Google decided it needed someone in charge of making sure that its products provide the best privacy for its users. Whitten has stated that she plans on retiring. Her position will be handed over to Lawrence You, a Google engineer whose been with the company for 8 years.

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Google privacy protests fail to convince US Congress

Google privacy protests fail to convince US Congress

"Won't somebody think of the children" US lawmakers have pleaded, after an unsatisfactory two hour face-to-face with Google's execs over privacy changes left them unconvinced that the search giant is doing enough to offer data tracking opt-outs. "At the end of the day, I don't think their answers to us were very forthcoming necessarily in what this really means for the safety of our families and our children" California Republican Mary Bono Mack said after the meeting, The Hill reports, despite two of Google's top execs giving her and the other members of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade subcommittee a "thorough walkthrough" of the privacy options available today.

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Google Privacy Policy changes outrage activists

Google Privacy Policy changes outrage activists

Google has updated its privacy policy, replacing the individual agreements for each service like Gmail, Google+ and YouTube with a single policy that already has privacy advocates screaming. Although Google's new terms of service - which will come into effect on March 1 - won't involve collecting any more user information than is currently, it will allow the search giant's various services to share that information between themselves, rather than keep it siloed. From Google's perspective, that allows them to better tailor information to individual users; viewed from a different angle, it's an even greater amount of data and inference one company knows about you.

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Google posts French confession for privacy smack

Google posts French confession for privacy smack

Google France has posted its public mea-culpa message as demanded by French authorities, conceding that privacy regulators in the country have fined it €150,000 for infringements. The message, which must be left visible for at least 48 hours and printed in a minimum of 13-point font and in the Arial typeface, was part of the punishment leveled by the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), with Google's protestations that it would cause irreparable damage to its reputation failing to convince an appeals court last week.

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Google runs afoul of Canadian privacy law

Google runs afoul of Canadian privacy law

Coming a few hours after word surfaced that Google will be appealing a fine issued by France over privacy violations, issues have arisen over another breach of privacy, with this particular instance resulting in Canada. According to the nation's Privacy Commissioner, Google utilized so-called "sensitive personal information" to target certain advertisements in violation of privacy law.

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Google hit with fine in France over privacy violations

Google hit with fine in France over privacy violations

Google has been slapped with a fine by France's CNIL, a data protection entity that has taken issue with the Internet giant's privacy policy migration into a single unit. Though there's nothing inherently wrong with having a single unified privacy policy -- which is arguably easier to deal with than a separate one for each service -- the way in which Google pulled it off was in violation of France' s requirements. As a result, the company was fined $204,000.

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