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Google and online privacy

Date: May 17, 2007

"Google CEO wants your personal information" I underscored in reporting Google’s announced claim of “taking steps to further improve our privacy practices” two months ago.

The touted Google privacy “step” at the time was that user search data will be “much more anonymous, so that it can no longer be identified with individual users (after 18-24 months).”

I asked though, “Will Google searchers be breathing collective sighs of privacy relief three years out?” Not exactly, according to Google itself:

Do these changes guarantee anonymization? It is difficult to guarantee complete anonymization.

In fact, Google users ought not be breathing any sigh of privacy relief, at any time.

Peter Fleischer, Global Privacy Counsel, in March:
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