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Google's long memory stirs privacy concerns...

     
3:03 pm on Jun 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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When Google Inc.'s 19 million daily users look up a long-lost classmate, send e-mail or bounce around the Web more quickly with its new Web Accelerator, records of that activity don't go away.

[cnn.com...]

12:51 pm on June 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Ooops. I just sent the same article.

GoogleGuy: why not at least strip the IPs on the logs after 30 days or so? You still have the data...

Google is getting a Big Brother rep, little by little. Once there, good luck turning the tide.

1:04 pm on June 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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From [google.com...]
Please note this Privacy Policy will change from time to time. We expect most such changes to be minor, but there may be changes that are more significant. Regardless, we will post those changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will also provide a more prominent notice. Each version will be noted at the top of the page. Prior versions of this Privacy Policy will be kept in an archive for you to view.
(emphasis mine)

And when it does change; what happens to all the data collected under the terms of the previous privacy policies?

Is it deleted, or is all information collected treated strictly under the terms of the privacy policy in force at the time it was collected?

If all data is treated under the terms of the current privacy policy, and that privacy policy implies that it may change, then correct me if i'm wrong but that privacy policy means absolutely squat.

1:16 pm on June 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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dmorison,
FBI or the local Sheriff with a form letter, or a subpoena can override any privacy policy, but I agree with you; if the policy can change whenever Google wants, it's useless.
6:35 pm on June 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Users can reject cookies if they wish, but some services like Gmail, Google's e-mail, will not work without them.

Google's generous mail service creates risks as well. While AOL purges customer e-mail from its servers after 28 days unless users specify otherwise, Gmail encourages users to hold onto their messages indefinitely.

"If it's useful, we'll hold on to it," said Nicole Wong, a Google associate general counsel.

Glad I don't use Gmail. :)