Advocates Ask Google for Privacy Guarantees in Online Library

Three advocacy groups have asked Google to commit to protect the privacy of readers in its book search service, which is poised for a major expansion under a pending class-action settlement. The groups, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, have asked Google to limit the data it collects about users’ reading habits, to commit to protect reader records by handing them over only in response to subpoenas or court orders, and to put into effect measures giving users control of their data.The groups made the requests in a letter to Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive. In an accompanying blog post, the groups are urging people to send e-mail messages to Mr. Schmidt demanding privacy protections.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/advocates-ask-google-for-privacy-guarantees-in-online-library/EFF urges members to pressure Google on books privacy [IDG]
Digital liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation is urging its supporters to pressure Google to build significant privacy protections into its Book Search service, with the EFF suggesting the service gives Google access to new personal information.The EFF posted its concerns with Google Book Search on its blog Thursday, with EFF designer/activist Hugh D’Andrade saying the search product could infringe on “privacy of thought.”
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/072309-eff-urges-members-to-pressure.html
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9135857/EFF_urges_members_to_pressure_Google_on_books_privacy
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/article/312274/

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