Google's New Privacy Policy Raising Questions in Washington

Google to track users across all products

Google's new privacy policy may not fly in Washington, D.C. The Internet search behemoth announced Tuesday in a blog post that it was consolidating all of its privacy policies for some 70 consumer platforms into one "main policy."

The main policy, which goes into effect March 1, will allow Google to track users of its services across anything Google-related and integrate the delivery of aggregated, anonymous data to advertisers, where Google makes its revenue.

That may make things handy for advertisers, but privacy advocates fear it may represent nothing more than a Trojan horse for consumers who will be unable to escape being tracked anytime they come in contact with anything Google, either on its Android phones or Google's ubiquitous desktop apps, including Gmail, search and its social app, Google+.

"Companies are struggling with how to make privacy data security more tangible to consumers," said Amy Mushahwar, a data and privacy...



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