Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter Google, Inc. (Google Buzz), File No. 1023136
I am submitting this comment on the proposed consent order, In the Matter of Google Inc., File No. 1023136, between the FTC and Google. The consent order comes as a result of the complaint filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center ("EPIC") regarding the privacy breach to Gmail users caused by Google Buzz. We are grateful to EPIC for bringing this matter to your attention.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.)- Allow users to use Google services anonymously- Stop behavioral profiling of Internet users- 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- Refrain from offering facial recognition servicesI appreciate the time and consideration your agency is giving to this matter.