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  Thirty-One Privacy and Civil Liberties Organizations Urge Google to Suspend Gmail
The 31 organizations are voicing their concerns about Google’s plan to scan the text of all incoming messages for the purposes of ad placement, noting that the scanning of confidential email for inserting third party ad content violates the implicit trust of an email service provider.
But unless Google puts a consumer promise into its privacy policy that states it will never correlate the data, then Google is not putting its money where its mouth is. In a nation of laws, Google needs to make its promises in writing.
Google itself, in the absence of clear written promises and policies, may experience a change of course and choose to profit from its large stores of consumer data culled from private communications.
www.privacyrights.org /ar/GmailLetter.htm   (1396 words)

 Google's Privacy Policies
Google changed their main privacy policy that same day because the previous version sidestepped important issues and might have been illegal.
All that's required is for Google to "have a good faith belief that access, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of Google, its users or the public." Google, you may recall, already believes that as a corporation they are utterly incapable of bad faith.
Google could use session cookies, or if this is not satisfactory, it would be easy to constantly reset the cookie with a 30-day expiration date.
www.google-watch.org /krane.html   (1997 words)

 - Privacy issues continue to dog Google's Gmail - Internet Business News
Additionally, the Gmail privacy policy warns that messages, even if "deleted" by a user, may still be stored in the system, even long after users have closed their account -- something that some privacy campaigners believe may be in conflict with U.S. and European data protection and privacy laws.
Additionally, California state Democratic senator Liz Figueroa said the privacy issues were leading her to consider proposing legislation to stop Google from launching its Gmail service in its present form.
Privacy International is concerned that Google is treating a serious privacy issue purely as a public relations issue and has vowed to press the matter further if the ICO doesn't pledge to gain a series of guarantees and protections from Google for potential users of Gmail.
www.thestandard.com /article.php?story=2004041601482425   (1155 words)

 Google - Privacy Issues - M/Cyclopedia of New Media
The privacy issues surrounding Google stem from a variety of sources all related to various aspects of its services.
As Google's privacy issues have been brought to the forefront of media attention, users are becoming more aware of the risks involved with using services both within the Google network and elsewhere.
The Google Groups privacy issues are unique due to the fact that most of the concerns revolve around previous contributions to the Usenet archives.
wiki.media-culture.org.au /index.php/Google_-_Privacy_Issues   (2481 words)

 Privacy Subtleties of GMail
Google's ad-linking is all done by computer, they promise not to have human beings look at the mail (almost all the time).
Google is a good company with honest people, headquartered in a fairly free country with protection of rights that is among the best in the world.
Google has said they are not correlating search and e-mail (or their social network prototype called Orkut.) That's good, but for business and user interface reasons they are not likely to say this will always be true.
www.templetons.com /brad/gmail.html   (5015 words)

 Seartch Engine Positioning and Web Marketing News: Google Gmail Privacy Issues
Google Gmail has a new page with a rather large analysis on the privacy issues that have been raised ever since Gmail was announced two months ago.
In any case Google seems that they are definitely taking matters seriously and they view Gmail as a great step forward not simply because it will increase their revenues but because it will allow them to play a completely different role than the one they were playing so far.
As John Batttelle says in his Searchblog this seems to be a good move on Google's part, and a sign the company recognizes some of the larger issues at play.
www.rugles.com /oldblog/archives/2004/06/google_gmail_pr.html   (274 words)

 BBC NEWS | Business | Google's Gmail sparks privacy row   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Privacy International objects to Google's plans to send users links to advertising based on a computer scan of their correspondence, and presumed interests.
Google says the content of users' email would remain private because the process would be fully automated.
Google is privately-owned, but expected to float on the stock market later this year, a deal that could value Google at up to $25bn (£14.7bn) - slightly more than listed online retailer Amazon.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/business/3602745.stm   (415 words)

 Google mail raises privacy fears | TechWhack News
Google Wi-Fi plans for San Francisco raises privacy issues Google and EarthLink have just won a contract to establish a Wi-Fi network in the San Francisco city to provide free wireless internet connectivity to the people living in the city.
Google's forthcoming e-mail service probably won't run into legal issues in Britain, as long as the company doesn't deceive customers about how their personal information will be treated.
Google said Tuesday it is "batting about" possible changes to its Gmail Web-based e-mail service, which launched last month to a chorus of privacy concerns.
news.techwhack.com /13/google-mail-raises-privacy-fears   (638 words)

 EPIC, EFF, ACLU Letter Concerning Earthlink / Google Municipal Broadband
On April 3, 2006, EPIC and EFF provided a privacy analysis of the six proposals to provide the city with municipal broadband.  One provider was compliant with the standards proposed in the February 21 letter.  None of the remaining five proposals satisfied even half of the standards.
The Google / Earthlink proposal declares itself capable of supporting public video surveillance on the wireless network.   Use of the wireless network for the transmission of public surveillance data poses extraordinary risks for both the people of San Francisco and for the City.
Below, we have attached the Earthlink / Google section of our privacy analysis.  As you can see, the Earthlink / Google proposal fell short of privacy-enhancing standards that we proposed.  These privacy-enhancing standards are reasonable and one of the six potential providers satisfied all of them.
www.epic.org /privacy/internet/sfws41906.html   (1101 words)

 Privacy issues with Google library search - Neowin Forums
Google announced plans late last year to digitize and index as many as 7 million volumes of material from the University of Michigan to make them searchable on the Internet as part of its Google Print service, a searchable index of books.
While the library projects have prompted copyright concerns from university groups and publishers, privacy issues are the latest wrinkle in Google's plans to expand the universe of Web-searchable data.
Google always have been and will be getting issues with their privacy policies and their habits in the internet, no suprised.
www.neowin.net /forum/index.php?showtopic=333640   (968 words)

 Google mail is evil – privacy advocates | The Register
Google has previously responded to privacy concerns by saying, "we're nice, trust us" or pointing users to the company's mission statement of "do no evil".
Google's cookie is an index for all your searches until 2038, and sits alongside an Orkut cookie that tells Google - or friendly law enforcement officials or marketeers - exactly who you are.
Google has done an extraordinary job of sidestepping human responsibility by deploying machine rhetoric (what we call the 'Bill Gates defense').
www.theregister.co.uk /2004/04/03/google_mail_is_evil_privacy   (916 words)

 Search Privacy At Google & Other Search Engines
As stated in its privacy policy, Google makes a note of things like the time you visited, your internet address and the type of browser you are using.
My related article, Google And The Big Brother Nomination, examines in detail the accusations that were made against Google in relation to privacy by Google Watch.
Google notes and saves information such as time of day, browser type, browser language, and IP address with each query.
searchenginewatch.com /showPage.html?page=2189531   (3757 words)

 Google as Big Brother
And given that Google is so dominant, it's important to understand the pressures that are being brought to bear on Google, Inc. It does not take too much imagination to recognize that there's a struggle going on for the soul of the web, and the focal point of this struggle is Google itself.
Google has not shown any inclination to declare for the rights of its users across the globe, as opposed to the rights of the spies in Washington who would love to have access to Google's user data.
The privacy struggle, which includes both the old issue of consumer protection and this new issue of government surveillance, means that the question of how Google treats the data it collects from users becomes critical.
www.google-watch.org /bigbro.html   (1879 words)

 Google Wi-Fi plans for San Francisco raises privacy issues | TechWhack News
Google and EarthLink have just won a contract to establish a Wi-Fi network in the San Francisco city to provide free wireless internet connectivity to the people living in the city.
Google has further said that they would be storing this information for as many as 180 days before starting afresh with that particular user.
Google now highlighting Google Video from homepage Google is how highlighting the Google Video service on their homepage.
news.techwhack.com /3400/google-wi-fi   (632 words)

 Langa Letter: Google's New Tools: Proceed With Caution - News by InformationWeek   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Google's stuff is great, Fred Langa says, but don't get carried away with the novelty of it all.
Google's services are immensely useful, and the company's reach is huge and growing.
Google's strength, of course, is in its ability to sort, index, categorize, and make useful massive amounts of data.
www.informationweek.com /story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=162600345   (674 words)

 Mailing list: Google desktop search raises privacy issues
Google desktop search raise privacy issues Google seems to be adding features and new Internet-based services at an astounding rate, but it is worth pausing a bit before embracing the latest addition to the desktop search tool.
Privacy advocates were already concerned about Google’s desktop search tool, which helps you find existing information on your own computer.
On the positive side Google did stand up to the US government last August by rejecting requests to access its search logs in what law officials said was a bid to protect minors from objectionable material on the Internet.
emoglen.law.columbia.edu /CPC/discuss/270.html   (765 words)

 Techdirt: Why Google's Copy Protection Raises Privacy Issues
Beyond the incompatibility issue (which is a big one), it also raises questions about security and privacy, as copy protection schemes, by their very nature have tradeoffs when it comes to privacy and security.
While google's call home operation shouldn't be a real issue (you're watching legal material, aren't you?) what really disturbs me is the fact that, as was stated, the Gov't is on their backs about releasing data.
The point is that google is not big and bad like microsoft and actually stands up for the public, and if not for google, this privacy thing (big brother) could be getting a hole lot worse.
www.techdirt.com /articles/20060120/1228236_F.shtml   (1932 words)

 Google Desktop (kottke.org)
Re: privacy concerns, here's the privacy policy which says, among other things, that "your computer's content is not made accessible to Google or anyone else without your explicit permission." There's a privacy FAQ as well.
Google is apparently aware of the problem and says they are working to resolve the issue.
Google has brought a Web-searching paradigm to the desktop and the result is a very clunky interface.
www.kottke.org /04/10/google-desktop   (4096 words)

 Google Watch Watch - The Big G & Privacy
Google uses this cookie to maintain your preferences, for instance whether or not to use content filters (to keep out the porn) or to use a certain number of results per page (like say 50 instead of the default 10).
Google initially took some flack with their Gmail email service because storage was so large that users wouldn't have to delete anything, and that Google might not delete old stored emails either.
Google has to make money too, and even if their targetting isn't perfect I really don't think a user who is paying $0 for the service as any room to complain.
www.google-watch-watch.org /privacy.php   (1139 words)

 Translating Google’s Privacy Policy
Privacy may not have been much of a controversy with Google 6 years ago when they were only performing web searches at the time with no advertising, personalization, behavior tracking, or offering questionable web usage tracking software such as Google Sidebar’s Web Clips.
With plans for a Google Wi-Fi network and more desktop offerings via their partnership with Sun Microsystems, Google Privacy has become a target for the Ben Edelmen’s of the world who are perched and ready to swoop down, picking apart Google’s “Do No Evil” gospel.
Google Speak : We make good faith efforts to provide you access to your personal information upon request and to let you correct such data if it is inaccurate and delete it, when reasonably possible.
www.searchenginejournal.com /index.php?p=2327   (431 words)

 USATODAY.com - Google seeks consensus on personal-info issues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
But whether Google ought to obscure information in the name of privacy is a policy issue Google would rather not tackle directly.
"To 'google' now means to do some research on that person, and it's common in dating, employment and any situation where a stranger has your name and wants to get to know you," said Jason Catlett, a privacy advocate with Junkbusters.
Google has procedures for removing some items, but if the information is on a Web site you don't control, you're out of luck.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/techpolicy/2004-03-22-google-privacy_x.htm   (549 words)

 Google's Lesson in Hypocrisy
But whenever Google is questioned about these issues, the company's standard response has been that they're merely organizing information that is already publicly available, so worrying about these questions is not their responsibility.
The executives at Google didn't like having their own namby-pamby excuses thrown back in their faces, so Google's PR flack soon called back to say the company had decided to ban its employees from talking to any CNET reporter for a period of one year.
Google was putting the rest of the media on notice that if any other reporters had the temerity to point out the emperor had no clothes, they too could expect the silent treatment.
www.esecurityplanet.com /views/article.php/3527506   (1150 words)

 Google Mail :: Privacy issues? - Cre8asite Forums
I read in the LA Times this morning, that Google is expected to announce the launch of its own web-based E-mail service today to about 1000 beta users, similar to the ones offered at Yahoo and MSN.
Of course, I completely understand that Google is not forcing anybody to sign up for the service, but I wonder if they will openly advertise the manner in which ads will be delivered to them.
Privacy is pretty much a thing of the past in the U.S. these days.
www.cre8asiteforums.com /forums/index.php?showtopic=7909   (834 words)

 John Battelle's Searchblog: Google Responds To Gmail Privacy Issues: The Higher Standard
Now the press is full of articles beating up the privacy advocates, and as I mentioned earlier the California legislator who introduced the grandstanding Gmail privacy bill has modified it to allow scanning.
Google's page points to all these journalist's reviews as proof that the whole issue has been misconstrued, and in some regards they're right.
The main issue is that the contents of your messages are stored on mailservers for some period of time; there is always a danger that these messages can be obtained and used for purposes that may harm you.
battellemedia.com /archives/000682.php   (1317 words)

 Google and privacy issues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Its privacy policy was revised on October 14, 2005.
Google's Information Rights clause (see paragraph #6 at http://www.google.com/analytics/tos_en-US.html) says Google may retain and use, and with good faith belief, access, preserve, or disclose any information deemed reasonably necessary to protect the "safety of Google".
Google and privacy issuesGoogle censorship • Google's hoaxes
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Google_and_privacy_issues   (691 words)

 Schneier on Security: Google and Privacy
Google's written privacy policy reserves the right to pool what it learns about users from their searches with what it learns from their e-mail messages, though Google says it won't do so.
No matter what Google's privacy policy says, the fact that it maintains information about people's search activity enables the government to gather that data, often with a mere subpoena, which provides virtually no protection to privacy -- and sometimes without even a subpoena.
Another possibility of how Google might discover that you're using a French language version of Firefox is from the "user agent" string which is sent as part of the HTTP headers.
www.schneier.com /blog/archives/2005/11/google_and_priv.html   (4726 words)

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