Google krijgt slecht rapport : schending privacy

Google Privacy International

Privacy International, een organisatie die zichzelf als “a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations” bestempelt, heeft Google op nummer één gezet wat betreft schending van de privacy van zijn gebruikers. Verscheidene grote firma’s en websites werden onder de loupe gelegd en naast Google krijgen ook AOL, Apple, YouTube, Windows Live Spaces een veeg uit de pan. De BBC, Wikipedia en eBay krijgen dan weer goede punten. Een reactie van Google kon moeilijk uitblijven…

Google wordt in het rapport immers het volgende ten laste gelegd :

[…]throughout our research we have found numerous deficiencies and hostilities in Google’s approach to privacy that go well beyond those of other organizations. While a number of companies share some of these negative elements, none comes close to achieving status as an endemic threat to privacy. This is in part due to the diversity and specificity of Google’s product range and the ability of the company to share extracted data between these tools, and in part it is due to Google’s market dominance and the sheer size of its user base. Google’s status in the ranking is also due to its aggressive use of invasive or potentially invasive technologies and techniques.

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Reactie van Google : “Privacy International wordt gesteund door Microsoft”.

Reactie van Privacy International : deze open brief naar Google CEO Eric Schmidt waarin alles min of meer weerlegd wordt.

De laatste tijd ligt Google meer en meer onder vuur als het gaat over privacy, onlangs nog werd de privacy policy van Google door een EU werkgroep onderzocht en er bleken ook problemen te zijn met de nieuw gelanceerde dienst Street View, die beelden bevat van herkenbare mensen en zelfs huisdieren.

Zelfs de immer rustige Matt Cutts kon zijn frustratie over Privacy International niet onder stoelen of banken steken en besloot dan maar met scherp te schieten en andere bedrijven een beetje zwart te maken.

Een storm in een glas water ? Hierover is vermoedelijk het laatste woord nog niet gezegd.

Hieronder kan je een uitzending bekijken van Tegenlicht (VPRO) over Google waarin vragen worden gesteld bij de privacy policy van Google :



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    18 months ago

    De link naar privacy international moet een .org zijn.

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    Bedankt, is aangepast…

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    Google slaat de plank wel eens vaker mis op privacy gebied

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