Google Associate General Counsel Mike Yang announced
that the search engine giant is making revisions to its policy
to make it more comprehensible to regular users.
"Long, complicated and lawyerly-that's what most people think about
privacy policies, and for good reason," he blogged. "Even taking into
account that they're legal documents, most privacy policies are still too hard
to understand. ... We're simplifying and updating Google's privacy policies. To
be clear, we aren't changing any of our privacy practices; we want to make our
policies more transparent and understandable."
will take effect Oct. 3. The announcement comes at a time when the
company just agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit
regarding privacy concerns about Google Buzz.
In an effort to make its privacy approach easier to understand, Google is
deleting 12 product-specific policies that repeat issues addressed by the
company's main policy.
"These changes are also in line with the way information is used
between certain products-for example, since contacts are shared between
services like Gmail, Talk, Calendar and Docs, it makes senses for those
services to be governed
by one privacy
policy as well," Yang blogged.
company views as redundant and is rewriting "the more legalistic bits so
people can understand them more easily," he added.
In addition, the company will add a new privacy tools page to the Google
as well as more content to some of the product Help Centers, Yang wrote.