Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter Google, Inc. (Google Buzz), File No. 1023136
The FTC complaint, which draws heavily on the complaint EPIC filed with the agency, alleges that Google employed unfair and deceptive practices when it launched the Google Buzz social networking service. I strongly support the FTC settlement agreement, which applies to all Google products and services, including Gmail and Google Buzz. It bans Google from misrepresenting its privacy policies in the future, requires independent privacy audits every two-years for the next 20 years, and requires that Google institute a comprehensive privacy program to safeguard its users data and personal information. As part of the Comprehensive Privacy Program, the FTC should require Google to: - Limit data retention to the minimum time necessary - Routinely encrypt all cloud-based services (Gmail, Docs, etc.) - Not disclose user data to law enforcement without a warrant - Allow users to use Google services anonymously - Stop behavioral profiling of Internet users - Limit Google's use of a web site's Analytics data - Not require Google Accounts for Android phones - Not track Android users without explicit permission - Be transparent as to what data it collects on users - Allow users to control the information Google collects on them - Encrypt all Gmail to Gmail emails and chats using open standards like pgp - Refrain from offering facial recognition services (restrict these to crime tracking by law enforcement please!) Moreover, the above criteria should apply to ANY information services of any business, not just Google.