Roughly three dozen state attorneys general have written a letter to Google
concern over the search engine company's plans to distill 60 product privacy
policies under one blanket policy.
The National Association of Attorneys General is
concerned with Google's desire to have applications such as Search, Gmail and
YouTube share user data with each other. Google wants to affix
identities to its users to offer more personalized search and other
Web services. This will also improve the company's ad targeting capabilities.
These policy changes will go into effect March 1 despite
complaints from Congress, privacy advocates and now the AGs who claim that the
changes violate consumer privacy.
"Consumers have diverse interests and concerns, and
may want the information in their Web History to be kept separate from the information they
exchange via Gmail," the AGs wrote in a letter addressed to
Google CEO Larry Page Feb. 22
consumers may be comfortable with Google
knowing their Search queries but not with it
them no choice in the matter, further invading
Google doesn't see it that way.
practices easier to understand, and it reflects our desire to create a seamless
experience for our signed-in users," a Google spokesperson told eWEEK.
"We've undertaken the most extensive notification effort in Google's
history, and we're continuing to offer choice and control over how people use
The changes are non-negotiable for users who wish to
continue using most Google services while signed into their Google accounts. However,
users may still access Google Search, Maps and YouTube without signing into a
Google said users who don't want to abide by Google's new
policy changes may exit the services, a choice AGs claimed is not really an
option at a time when most users use Google as their primary point for Web