Wednesday, March 28, 2012

More seeing Google as a tyrannical threat

PHILADELPHIA (CN) - A wave of class actions against Google claims the search giant's new privacy policy, which aggregates information the company collects about users across various Google platforms, violates computer fraud and wiretap laws.

At least four class actions claim the new policy, which went into effect this month, is illegal under federal wiretapping law.

Google's corporate slogan is "Don't be Evil."

Google has long maintained a deep trove of information about its users.

Under its old policy, information collected about a consumer through one Google product was segregated from information gleaned from another Google product, plaintiffs say in the class actions.

But they say that all changed March 1, when Google ushered in its new era of digital surveillance: the Era of Commingling.

Under the new policy, data gathered about a consumer through one Google product will be commingled with data collected about that consumer through other Google products, plaintiffs say.

Google announced: "Our new Privacy Policy makes clear that, if you're signed in, we may combine information you've provided from one service with information from other services.
"In short, we'll treat you as a single user across all our products." Read More