Now Google’s failure to act has put them in the spotlight of more than on agency. This is coming right on the heels of their Privacy Director, Alma Whitten leaving the company. The move cannot look good for Google who has a history of pushing the limits of what they can and cannot collect about their users as well as who actually owns the data and information stored on Google’s servers (in Gmail, Google Docs etc). Google needs to make some progress on this instead of trying to stick to their stance that a single policy is better. Even a cursory look at their policy shows that it is all about efficiency for Google and not the consumer. It also gives them a large amount of leeway in interpreting what Google and can and cannot do with user Data and files.
This will be an interesting one to watch, if the EU agencies do this right it could send a message to large companies that user data and privacy is important and that companies like Google and Facebook cannot do with it what they want. If they do not push this then it will be a slap on the wrist and things will get worse for personal privacy.
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