updated 05:10 am EST, Fri February 10, 2012
EPIC says new Google policy in breach of FTC deal
Google offered an example of how the new policy could improve services by suggesting that its new system could provide a person with reminders that he or she is going to be late for a meeting based on their location, their calendar and an understanding of what the traffic is like that day. However, critics argue that the new policy will allow Google to share too much information between services and making opting out of any one service an all-or-nothing proposition. Further, as with changes leveled at Facebook, the new privacy settings in Google's services will by default share information, forcing users to dig into the settings of each service to see what they are prepared to share.
EPIC's complaints are also aimed at Google's definition of what constitutes a 'third-party.' Google believes that as it is often crowd-sourcing its data, and not necessarily targeting that of individuals, sharing information as an intermediary means that privacy concerns are nullified. According to EPIC, if third-parties are all parties excluding Google and its subsidiaries, then Google's advertisers will benefit from being able to better target ads and gain additional information about users that it did not have previously have access to before the policy changes. [via Ars Technica]