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Google slaps Microsoft over “Gmail Man” privacy snark

Google slaps Microsoft over “Gmail Man” privacy snark

Google has gone back on the offensive over criticisms of its updated privacy policy, taking on Microsoft's "Putting People First" sniping campaign with a fresh round of myth debunking. The search company took to its Public Policy Blog to shoot down rivals' claims, paying particular attention to suggestions that the policy tweaks are to make better advertising use of personal information. Meanwhile, Microsoft has resurrected its "Gmail Man" skit, an anti-Google video drawing attention to how AdWords uses email keywords.

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Google responds to US Congress privacy concerns

Google responds to US Congress privacy concerns

Google has responded to US Congress demands for information on the search giants recent privacy policy changes, detailing the amendments in a 13-page letter that attempts to hammer home that Google's "approach to privacy has not changed." The new policy - which streamlines the majority of Google's existing privacy policies into a single document - actually saves on 85-percent of the previous reading required, Google's director of public policy, Pablo Chavez, wrote today on the company's Public Policy Blog.

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Google fires back at Privacy critics as Congress demands answers

Google fires back at Privacy critics as Congress demands answers

Google has struck back at outcry around its newly-combined privacy policy, insisting users "still have choice and control", amid demands by the US Congress for answers on data use and collection. "You can use as much or as little of Google as you want" policy manager Betsy Masiello said on the search company's Public Policy blog, reiterating that Google is "not collecting more data about you." However, US lawmakers are already insisting on answers [pdf link] as to whether users can take advantage of Google services without leaving an unexpected data trail.

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Google+ speaks on teens, privacy additions, digs on Facebook

Google+ speaks on teens, privacy additions, digs on Facebook

There can be no denying that Google+ has one main competitor in Facebook, so it should come as no small surprise when they mention one another in day to day updates. What we're seeing today is an update to both the age range of Google+ users and the privacy which they all can enjoy on the Google-based social network. The mention of Facebook comes in the sad state of affairs Google sees on Facebook where 'teens end up over-sharing with all of their so-called “friends.”'

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Google Answers G+ Privacy Questions, Declines Others

Google Answers G+ Privacy Questions, Declines Others

Dan Gillmore, writer, teacher, and Google+ member has been in communication with Google over the past few weeks, asking questions about security and safety of information as it pertains to Google+. As he says in his own words, "I find Google's responses (and non-responses) disappointing." As you'll see below, Google answered some key questions and uncovered a few rocks we're sure you'll be interested in seeing under. There's also a list of questions they did not reply to, and assuming Gillmore actually DID send these questions in and Google DID decline to answer, the implications are immense.

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Google+ and the Privacy Pit

Google+ and the Privacy Pit

Google may not have said it publicly, but its Google+ social network was deemed a Facebook rival from the very start. Now, as more elements of the Google+ experience reveal themselves, it's beginning to look like Google's push for social isn't just about taking on Facebook and Twitter, but changing its own positioning and strategy on public sharing. With the Picasa and Blogger brands under threat, private profiles facing the chop and +1 buttons spreading across the web, is the "Google+ vs. Facebook" showdown hype masking a potentially more significant rebalancing of public vs. private?

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Google faces bi-yearly privacy reviews after FTC Buzz settlement

Google faces bi-yearly privacy reviews after FTC Buzz settlement

Google has agreed to a bi-yearly independent review after US FTC investigation over privacy concerns regarding Google Buzz. The service initially used users' Gmail databases to build social networking connections, in a manner which roundly criticized. Google rapidly changed its approach, but was left facing regulator inquiries - including by the Federal Trade Commission - over its privacy policies.

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Google pays $1 compensation in Street View privacy case

Google pays $1 compensation in Street View privacy case

Google has agreed to pay a US couple $1 in compensation, after Aaron and Christine Boring, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania accused the search giant of invading their privacy, trespassing, negligence and unjust enrichment when a Street View camera car was discovered to have driven onto their private driveway. According to the couple's lawyer, the compensation is "one sweet dollar of vindication."

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