Mathew J. Schwartz:
Has the Federal Trade Commission been sufficiently forthcoming about how Google has changed its privacy program following a 2010 settlement with the agency?
Privacy rights group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) recently released the “Initial Assessment Report on Google’s Privacy Program,” which is an audit conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), dated June 22, 2012. EPIC obtained the report via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
But the audit provided to EPIC includes numerous redactions, covering such areas of Google’s privacy program as how Google stores account data, conducts privacy risk assessments, and tests privacy safeguards.
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