Google's Paying Clients Exempt from Privacy Policy?

Eric Chabrow, GovInfoSecurity.com,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Google says its new privacy policy that has some privacy advocates up in arms will not have the same impact on businesses and government agencies that pay for its commercial Google Apps services as it does on its nonpaying users. But a privacy advocate contends some Google Apps for Government customers' contracts state they must adhere to the published privacy policy.

Google Defends Privacy Changes as Questions Mount

John P. Mello, Jr., PC World,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Following a flurry of criticism over its privacy policy revamp, Google is attempting to clear up misconceptions about its actions. Users still have control over what information Google sees; Google is not collecting any more data about users than it has in the past; and users can use as much or as little as they want of Google, Google Policy Manager Betsy Masiello declares in a company blog on Thursday.

Congress Puts Google On Defense Over Privacy Policy Changes

Carl Franzen, TPMIdeaLab,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Google’s recent announcement that it will consolidate 60 disparate privacy policies for its various products into one meta-privacy policy, allowing the company to combine and mine user information across all of the Google products, hasn’t gone over well with Congress.

Google Should Allow Governments to Opt Out

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Friday, January 27, 2012

Google has decided to grant itself greater freedom to combine all the information it gleans about users from its vast array of online products in order to target ads at them ever more precisely (see Google's Paying Clients Exempt from Privacy Policy?). The company's new privacy policy announced this week underpins a powerful business model. Unfortunately, it is also an obvious threat to the privacy and safety of the information stored in Google's popular government cloud service known as Google Apps for Government.

Moves afoot to limit tracking of Web users

Byron Acohido, USA Today,  Friday, January 27, 2012

They may be battling each other tooth-and-nail to win over online advertisers. But Google and Facebook are on the same side when it comes to opposing new data-handling privacy laws fast-gelling in Europe and the U.S.

U.S. CTO Chopra to Step Down

Luke Fretwell, Fedscoop,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sources close to the White House have confirmed that U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra will announce he is stepping down on Friday. No information was provided on his future plans, but ongoing speculation includes running for political office to assuming an executive role leading the Washington offices of a major technology company.

Google says privacy change won't affect government users

Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

Google today dismissed concerns by a former senior federal IT official that the company's controversial new privacy policy would create problems for customers of Google Apps for Government (GAFG).

Google: New policy doesn’t supersede enterprise, government contracts

Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

Google has clarified that its new, unified privacy policy would have no effect on enterprise and government contracts, reinforcing that individual contracts trump the company’s general policy.

Google Privacy Changes Attract New Scrutiny From Hill

Juliana Gruenwald, National Journal,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

A bipartisan group of House Energy and Commerce members asked Google on Thursday to explain why it plans to start tracking users and collecting information about them across all the company's products. "As an Internet giant, Google has a responsibility to protect the privacy of its users," the eight lawmakers wrote Google CEO Larry Page. "Therefore, we are writing to learn why Google feels that these changes are necessary, and what steps are being taken to ensure protection of consumers' privacy rights."

Google's New Privacy Policy Won't Apply to Government Workers

John P. Mello, Jr., PC World,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

Google’s has clarified its new privacy policy to say that it will not apply to government workers. The announcement came after Google was criticized by SafeGov.org, an independent watchdog. Google had hailed its new policy as a boon for its users. But the changes, which allow it to combine information about users pulled from the entire range of its online products, raise serious privacy concerns for government users of Google's apps, two SafeGov experts, Jeff Gould and Karen Evans, declared in a statement.