Google Hastens to Show Its Concern for Privacy
When it comes to providing information, Google has gone beyond information found in yellow pages. With the case regarding Google’s Street View program, a midlevel engineer from Google found homeowners’ private information through unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. Through investigation, law enforcement officials found that this program breached privacy protections. Google agreed to train their engineers and lawyers so that they do not add features that would violate the privacy of users. They are also required to submit a privacy plan biannually for two decades to the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.).
It is difficult for companies like Google to provide information to the public, and still abide privacy laws. In this case, they were able to settle with F.T.C. by agreeing to implement new programs that engineers and lawyers would have to attend. Law enforcement officials nowadays are not afraid to sue Information Provider Companies like Microsoft. These lawsuits leave a negative impact on companies. Ultimately, F.T.C. limited opportunities for the company to create new competitive products in the industry. Although companies have to refrain from publicly releasing information, privacy policies are important for the safety of the public.
Written By: Melody Mark
Streitfeld, David, and Claire Cain Miller. “Google Hastens to Show Its Concern for Privacy.” The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 13 Mar. 2013. Web. 14 Mar. 2013.