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Google Homepage Privacy Policy

My, my, Google. It seems the words “Google” and “Privacy” can be found in quite a few articles across the internet as of late. Quite a few falling on the non-flattering side. Perhaps that’s why Google finally made a point of updating their main page to a never-before offered link to their privacy terms AND posting about the update on their corporate blog.

The issue was brought to the light in the first place by NY Times reporter Saul Hansell, when he asked if the company was violating California law by not posting a link to its privacy policy on its home page. The answer? Yes. That is when privacy advocates jumped in and became involved. Although in what is seeming to become an “oh so Google” move…it wasn’t done until Day 31 when the legal time frame following notice is 30 days.

For quite some time now, Google has been so very proud of their “nice and clean” 28 word home page. So, in order to not mar that image, when they added the new link (simply called “privacy”), they had to remove one of the words already on there. Off came “Google” at the bottom of the page. Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products & User Experience, says that she felt it was pretty obvious what page the user was on, so it was a safe word to remove. Somehow I think right now Google has bigger issues in front of them than how many words are on their home page.

However, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Marc Rotenberg, said Saturday that his group is “pleased” with the decision.

“This was not only required by California law (and Google is a California corporation) but is also the standard practice for commercial Web sites.”

Mr. Rotenberg’s company, along with the Privacy RIghts Clearinghouse and World Privacy Forum had all joined together to push for Google to make the change to clearly state their privacy policies. Although happy that Google is now showing this, Pam Dixon of World Privacy Forum still admits that “privacy policies are not a guarantee of perfect privacy practices.”

Somehow that line doesn’t really shock me.

Read [CNet]

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