updated 06:50 pm EST, Thu January 26, 2012
Question how users can opt out
Earlier this week, the Internet services giant unveiled sweeping changes taking effect March 1. It would be replacing a multitude of individual privacy policies covering most of its online products with a single master policy. At the time, the company claimed that by doing so it was providing its customers with "simpler, more intuitive Google experience."
For members of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, it set off an alarm. In their letter, Committee members said Google's action "raises questions about whether consumers can opt-out of the new data sharing system either globally or on a product-by-product basis."