Google and Privacy

Listening to Market Place last night, I heard a story about online privacy, and privacy in general. Seems that Privacy International issued a report recently that marks Google as the worst internet company when it comes to privacy. Stop the presses!

As the Market Place story rightly points out, “It’s important to remember it’s not just Internet companies that hold the keys to our private lives. Just think about what businesses learn about you each time you buy something with a credit card or make a phone call.” Lisa Dinapoli (the reporter) was paraphrasing search engine expert Danny Sullivan who also said, “We don’t need solutions for Google. We need solutions for companies in general.”

The story quoted Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, “There really can be some better business practices, some good legislation, some ways to get the benefits of new technology without sacrificing so much privacy.”