Choices made about services (whether those services are in alpha, beta or production) do affect real people in real ways. Consider the Google Buzz user who feared for her life after discovering that her abusive ex-husband knew where she was. An early iteration of Buzz was written to automatically take his information from her Gmail contact list and added him as a follower without her consent.
Despite the common claim that online privacy is dead, Google's privacy practices have been under pretty heavy scrutiny lately. Users were vocal when Google's Buzz automatically made people in their contact lists followers. Privacy advocates have filed complaints with U.S. regulators, and foreign privacy chiefs have been none too shy about their concerns with Google's practices - or lack thereof.
Nonetheless, Google seems to think its users and the regulators have the problem, so Google representatives have gone out of their way to explain the privacy principles yet again. But will that really fix what's wrong?
Lora Bentley doesn’t think so. She's combed through her coverage of Google's problem and picked out six more privacy principles the company seems to have forgotten.
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