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Google counters Microsoft’s privacy jibes

A long list of non-facts
Thu Feb 02 2012, 16:14

INTERNET SERVICES FIRM Google has issued a rebuttal to comments Microsoft made about its privacy policy changes this week and dismissed them as incorrect.

Microsoft had responded to Google's announcement that it would change its users privacy policies at the start of March, saying that its alternatives are better, more secure and more private.

Not surprisingly, Google disagreed. "A number of myths are being spread about Google's approach to privacy. We just wanted to give you the facts," said Betsy Masiello, policy manager at Google. "We've always believed the facts should inform our marketing-and that it's best to focus on our users rather than negative attacks on other companies. Onwards!"

Masiello then took a number of Microsoft's facts and dismissed them as myths. For example, "Myth: Google reads your email. [Microsoft]. Fact: No one reads your email but you. Like most major email providers, our computers scan messages to get rid of spam and malware, as well as show ads that are relevant to you."

In fact, just about everything Microsoft has thrown at Google it has thrown back. Other suggestions, that Google's Privacy Policy change makes it harder for users to control their personal information for example, Google has dismissed as myths. And ultimately you get the impression that Google's policy manager is unimpressed with Microsoft's self-promoting spin.

"We don't make judgments about other people's policies or controls. But our industry-leading Privacy Dashboard, Ads Preferences Manager and data liberation efforts enable you to understand and control the information we collect and how we use it," she explained in response to Microsoft's claim that its policies are better than Google's.

She added, "Microsoft has no data liberation effort or Dashboard-like hub for users. Their privacy policy states that 'information collected through one Microsoft service may be combined with information obtained through other Microsoft services'." µ

 

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