Google Revises Privacy Policies, Creates Stronger Controls

Particularly over the past few months, Google has run into a few issues over privacy. The main issue that got them into hot water was a realization that their Street View cars had inadvertently collected Wi-Fi data while cruising, picking up some rather private information along the way. Google has become a large enough company now that people can reasonably question whether or not they should be collecting all of this private/location data, and Google's clearly aware of that.

In an effort to control the damage and the fallout, and to regain the trust of anyone who had considered giving up on their services due to this event, Google has announced a few key changes internally as well as providing an update on the May Street View mess. First off, the company has hired Alma Whitten as their director of privacy across both engineering and product management, with her focus to be on ensuring the company builds effective privacy controls into their products and internal practices. She's basically in charge of driving home new privacy and security changes in order to keep anything like the Street View snafu from happening again.

Secondly, Google is ramping up training. They are enhancing our core training for engineers and other important groups (such as product management and legal) with a particular focus on the responsible collection, use and handling of data, and starting in two months, all employees will also be required to undertake a new information security awareness program, which will include clear guidance on both security and privacy.

Finally, the company is making some changes to their internal compliance procedures, mostly to reflect that Google is now a huge corporation. As an update to the Street View case, Google has confirmed that select e-mails and URLs, as well as some passwords, were captured by the vehicles, but they're working with investigators to close up any ends and get those deleted as soon as possible. 
Via:  Google
Tags:  Google, Street View
CBaron 4 years ago

Wi-Fi Security weaknesses exposed by Google Street View.

Everyone should be grateful that the Wi-Fi Security weaknesses exposed by Street View’s Cars has brought this matter to the attention of so many people.

Just think (if you are using Wi-Fi) as you are reading this comment your computer could be easily accessed from a car or a neighbor in your street and it could be downloading illegal material for which you could be fined or imprisoned depending on the content of the download.

This brings me to say that the Laws as to downloading martial as they are cannot be seriously enforced, as anyone could have placed this material on you ISP’s server track record (and or on your computer’s hard drive) simply by carrying out the latter.

As to encryption of your ‘Wi-Fi Security System’ there are devices that can decrypt any encryption in a matter of minutes sometimes-even seconds.

Remember the pub owner in UK (under Mandy's revised Law) was fined £8000 when one of his customers was caught downloading copyrighted digital content from the pub’s Wi-Fi See ‘Digital Rights Act/ Digital Economy Bill’ is legally seriously flawed.

Signed Carl Barron Chairman of agpcuk

goofygoldberg 3 years ago

Privacy is the number one thing that Google is paying attention to that's why Google also exposed the weaknesses of this.

There are some product or service providers that would not do this in order for them to earn more money. It would be a good thing for Google for doing this. I think what Google should do is to cooperate with the best auto repair shops specialists that would also give them feedbacks about their product in cars.

Wi-Fi Security would be a tough job. But once Google accomplishes this, there would be a lot of people that wouldn't deny how helpful it is in their lives.

AKwyn 3 years ago

[quote user="goofygoldberg"]Wi-Fi Security would be a tough job.[/quote]

Not as tough as it seems... Mostly every Wi-Fi spot around my neighborhood is protected by WPA or WEP; only one wi-fi spot seems to be unprotected, let's hope Google hasn't come by his house by now.

In all serious, there needs to be notice given to those people who are running their routers unprotected that they get need to get some sort of security up stat. I mean what if some malicious criminal comes along, then what will they do?

goofygoldberg 3 years ago

I believe that Google has a good plan in this and I would bet that they could do the best in this issue. Go for it Google!

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