While there are some good things in the policy — many that EFF and its coalition partners the ACLU of Northern California and the Samuelson Clinic at Berkeley Law School have long been urging Google to do — it is still falls well short of the privacy protections that readers need, both substantively and in whether it will be permanent and readily enforceable by readers. Our coalition on behalf of authors and publishers seeking to protect reader privacy will still be filing an Objection to the Settlement in Court on Tuesday, September 8.
Third, Google also failed to include many other items in the list of privacy demands we published in July…
Read the full EFF analysis and commentary here.
In related developments, Ryan Singel of Epicenter reports that:
EPIC, or the Electronic Privacy Information Center, asked federal court judge Denny Chin on Friday to allow it to formally intervene on behalf of readers’ privacy interests in the suit pitting Google against the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers.
For a European privacy-centric perspective, see the commentary by Open Rights Group.
And Michael Zimmer has more on the objections of academic authors to the proposed court settlement.