Google’s policy, which Google said it updated in June, does not specify how it would handle information that users share with the company, but Google’s Chief Privacy Officer told Reuters that the policy “doesn’t require us to disclose your information to third parties” and that “the policy is based on the principles of the Internet and does not require us or anyone else to make any disclosures or provide any other information that might be of interest to third party entities.”
The policy was introduced in July after Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt was grilled by a House subcommittee over the company’s privacy practices and the extent to which the company stores user data.
The policy was also amended in June to remove an option that users had to choose whether to share their browsing history with Google.
Google has since updated the policy and added a section that allows users to request that Google delete data they have shared.
“Google will respond to your request within one business day.”
A Google spokesperson told Reuters, “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation, and we’ve seen no evidence that any changes have occurred.”
The only clear policy is that it is for the privacy of the people using Google Chrome.
I hope that changes soon,” wrote the employee.”
The fact that there is no privacy page or policy means that the data that is collected by Google may be collected in any way, including for analytics purposes, which is contrary to the principles that underlie Google’s approach to privacy,” the employee wrote.
“This makes it very difficult for anyone to understand what Google is doing with your personal data, and it is also very difficult to make informed decisions about whether to use Google Chrome.”