A privacy rights group recently went to federal court to ask for action by the Federal Trade Commission against Google.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center's motion asks the FTC to stop Google's new privacy policies on the grounds that they violate a previous settlement between the search titan and the federal government, according to a report from the National Journal
. The privacy changes from Google would reduce the number of policies the company controls from dozens to a single, overarching one. This is concerning to privacy advocates because the company is not seeking consent to do so.
"Google's recent announcement that the company intends to consolidate users' personal information without individuals' consent violates the consent order and threatens to harm consumers," the group's filing said, according to the report. "The FTC is required to enforce the consent order. But the commission has failed to do so."Adam Levin
, the chairman for Identity Theft
911, has a blog on which he regularly writes about the issues consumers face when putting their personal information online and agreeing to terms of service agreements.
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