Countries line up against Google
Several countries have expressed concern about Google's approach to privacy, reports the Guardian. Eight US lawmakers wrote to Google in January, warning that the move could impact on privacy. Meanwhile, Japan's trade and industrial ministry said the company needed to address the concerns of customers. And France's data protection watchdog, the CNIL, wrote to Google this week, vowing to lead a pan-European investigation.
Daniel Nolan, managing director at theEword, said: "Google's business model is built on delivering highly targeted advertising within its free products, and this requires it to collect as much data on users as possible. The company needs to try harder to teach people about managing their privacy settings, though, or else the heavy criticism it is currently receiving is likely to continue."