Google's new privacy announcement is frustrating and a little frightening, Common Sense Media chief media executive James Steyer told The Washington Post. Even if the company believes that tracking users across all platforms improves their services, consumers should still have the option to opt out - especially the kids and teens who are avid users of YouTube, Gmail and Google Search.
Users of Google's Android mobile OS will have even more of their data collected, as Google can see your phone habits as well as using the Map program to estimate your location.
There is no way anyone expected this, Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy advocacy group, told the Washington Post. There is no way a user can comprehend the implication of Google collecting across platforms for information about your health, political opinions and financial concerns.
Rep Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), co-chair of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, agreed, saying It is imperative that users will be able to decide whether they want their information shared across the spectrum of Google's offerings.