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Google’s New Privacy Policy Under Fire From Attorneys General Nationwide

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By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Attorneys General from Pennsylvania, Delaware and 34 other states are requesting a meeting with Google’s CEO to discuss their concerns about the Internet titan’s new privacy policy, which is set to begin March 1st.

Maryland is one of the two lead states on the Google issue and the author of the letter to Google’s CEO is Maryland’s Attorney General Douglas Gansler, who says there are many unknowns involved in Google’s plan to synthesize information about consumers gleaned from one Google product with all Google products without giving consumers a choice…

“They’re not telling us what they’re going to do with the data they collect, they’re not telling us how they’re going to protect that data from hackers and identity thieves, and finally, they’re not giving any choice… they’re not giving an opt in or even an opt out option,” said Gansler.

It’s on that latter point – giving consumers a choice – that Gansler hopes a compromise can be reached with Google. He says he’s confident that a deal can be struck, saying attorneys general have been able to work with technology companies to deal with situations where the law has fallen behind developments in technology.

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