ACI: Google’s new privacy policies raise “grave concerns”

Washington, DC, January 25, 2012 –– In response to multiple news reports that Google will be consolidating their privacy policies and not allowing consumers to opt out, Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, made the following statement:

“The reports of Google’s privacy changes, which will allow no opt out, raises grave concerns for consumers who are growing increasingly concerned about their privacy online.  Google’s dominance of online search and its history of disdain for privacy protections and consumer transparency makes these changes even more worrisome.

“Whether it’s illegally collecting user data through its Street View product, hiding its privacy policy or settling with the FTC for violating its own privacy policy with Google Buzz, the company has proven that it has little regard for the privacy rights of consumers.”