May 102010
 May 10, 2010  Posted by  Online

Doug Caverly writes:

Three weeks ago, data protection officials representing Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and the UK wrote an open letter to Eric Schmidt, expressing concerns about Google Buzz and Google’s overall approach to privacy.  Now, Google’s responded, but the search giant was very selective in terms of which points it addressed.

For example: The second paragraph of the original letter contained the words “concerned,” “disturbed,” “betrayed,” and “failed.”  The opening lines of Google’s reply (which was written by Jane Horvath and Peter Fleischer, not Schmidt) stated, “Thank you for your letter . . . .  We appreciate your invitation to us to reiterate our core commitments to privacy.”

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