Court Orders Google to Give All YouTube User Histories to Viacom

Video privacy be damned. Louis L. Stanton, a senior judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, issued an order (PDF) Wednesday requiring Google to turn over every record of every video watched by…

Disrupting Google’s homepage with a 14-charater string

Much of Google's resistance to adding a link to its privacy policy on its homepage seems to boil down to little more than aesthetics. As Steve Langdon, a Google spokesman, puts it: "We do believe that having very limited text…

Comparing Search Engine Privacy Policy Visibility

Prompted by Google's resistance to cluttering its homepage with a link to its privacy policy, I decided to take a quick tour of the major search engines to compare the relative visibility of their privacy policies. AOL, Microsoft, and Yahoo!…

Google Wants You to Search for their Privacy Policy (and they get to record that query!)

I've long complained about how it takes at least 2 clicks to get to Google's privacy policy from its homepage (3 clicks if you count its new Privacy Center splash page). And that's only if you happen to click on…

Google (again) Opposes Anti-Censorship and Human Rights Proposals

Let's say you run an internet company whose primary function is to help individual locate and access information available on the World Wide Web. Let's say your mission is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and…

Google Tests its eHealth Platform, Privacy Promised

Google announced the start of a pilot project to test its own electronic health records storage platform. The same privacy concerns that arise when considering Microsoft's HealthVault solution apply here: How is the data stored? Is it encrypted? Who can…

Google-DoubleClick Deal Cleared by the FTC

Despite complaints by leading privacy advocates, the long history of privacy concerns related to DoubleClick, explanations as to why privacy must be considered part of the anti-trust concerns, and concerns about possible links between the FTC commissioner and DoubleClick, the…

Google Knol: Wikipedia with a Splash of Advertising and a Twist of Web 2.0

Google has just announced Knol (as in a unit of knowledge) that will encourage people who are knowledgeable about a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it. It seems Google wants knols to replace the Wikipedia results that…