Sep 062010
 September 6, 2010  Posted by  Online

David Needle reports:

Google has announced plans to roll out a more streamlined version of its privacy policies next month. The search giant insists the move to simplify its policies is designed to reduce “legalese” and make its policies more accessible to consumers.

“To be clear, we aren’t changing any of our privacy practices; we want to make our policies more transparent and understandable,” Mike Yang, Google’s associate general counsel, said in a blog post Friday.

But the move was blasted by privacy advocate Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

“The obvious problem with the revised privacy policy is that Google is now treating user data collection as part of an integrated platform. Previously, users could selectively reveal information to Google for the use of a particular service,” Rotenberg said in an email to

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