[LINK] Google's Arrogance Index Just Went Up Some More
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Jan 25 09:31:11 EST 2012
[Google has announced that it is unliaterally re-writing its entire
set of Terms of Service and Privacy undertakings.
[Users to whom this comes to attention have 7 weeks' notice.
(I found out through Lauren Weinstein's list).
[There's no consultation process. Google has simply done it.
[There's no reconciliation between old and new. There are just
vague, marketer-assurances that nothing's changed. As if Google were
[There is a subtle warning though:
"What should I expect to see change as a result of this?
"Over time you can expect to see better search results, ads and other
content when you're using Google services."
In other words, they've changed the rules in order to advantage their
data collection and appropriation techniques.
[The expression 'breathtaking arrogance' comes to mind.
One policy, one Google experience
[No date appears on ether document, so they may have been up for weeks]
We're getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google
and replacing them with one that's a lot shorter and easier to read.
Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our
desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience
This stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read our updated
take effect on March 1, 2012.
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6288 1472, and 6288 6916
mailto:Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au http://www.xamax.com.au/
Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law University of NSW
Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
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