Googles Privacy Policy…

June 4, 2008

Today, a coalition of privacy advocates – including the World Privacy Forum, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the ACLU of Northern California – fired an open letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, pointing out that the Google home page does not include a link to the company’s privacy policy. This, the coalition says, is a blatant violation of the California Online Privacy Protection Act.

As the The Times tells it, Google founder Larry Page doesn’t want a privacy link on that “beautiful clean home page.”

I don’t get it – is there some connection here? I didn’t realise Google recognised the concept of an individuals privacy – and in this day and age of (paranoia about, but also the reality of) identity theft and so on it’s quite understandable why they wouldn’t go out of their way to put a blatant link which would draw everyones attention to something which, in essence, they do not have.

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