Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Google updates its privacy policy!

Google has relooked and renewed its privacy policy after the settlement of privacy lawsuit over its Buzz. The users are warned with new privacy policy when they visit the Gmail website.  The company faced the lawsuit due to disclosure of private information including all contacts of Gmail.

“Long, complicated and lawyerly—that’s what most people think about privacy policies, and for good reason. Even taking into account that they’re legal documents, most privacy policies are still too hard to understand,” Associate General Counsel, Mike Yang, said in the Google’s official blog.

He further said that Google is not changing anything with regards to policy. He indicated that only thing that will be changed is the wording of the language.  “So 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,” he further said.

Google is going to delete 12 product-specific policies because of the duplication with Google main policy. In simple words, any policy that is being covered by both Google’s main policy and product specific privacy policy will be removed from product’s privacy policy.  Google is also updating the main privacy policy by “cutting down the parts that are redundant”.  The new privacy policy will be effective from October 3.

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