Maryland says Google privacy policy doesn't go far enough

July 04, 2013|Eileen Ambrose

Maryland joined 22 other states this week in sending a letter to Google saying more needs to be done to protect consumers’ privacy.

Thirty-six attorneys general wrote to Google more than a year ago about privacy concerns.

Maryland AG Doug Gansler said Wednesday Google officials met with the state regulators and made some changes, “but there is still much more to do and we plan to keep up the pressure.”

Now a new letter has been sent to CEO Larry Page, making further suggestions to improve customers’ privacy.

The letter concludes: “Online technology is constantly changing, and innovation is welcomed, but innovation should not come at the expense of consumer protection. Changes to how Google treats consumers’ information should not be treated like automatic software updates; they should be treated like new decision points for consumers, requiring consumer consent.”

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