Accusations against Google
There have been restrictions imposed on Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) in Europe over its collection of Wi-Fi data such as usernames, passwords and web pages. It is also restricted to collect photos through street viewing systems. European privacy watchdogs, as well as US legislators, have asked Google to give an answer on how it will protect the privacy in its Google Glass head mounted system, which can click pictures and video without the knowledge of the person of whom the picture or video is being taken.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is also accused of sharing data with the NSA’s Prism program through which the NSA took the information from various US companies including Google, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Google’s policy criticized
Professor Johannes Caspar, head of the powerful equivalent in Hamburg said that he will file suit against Google because the new policy “violates the company’s commitment to full transparency about the use and handling of the data”.
Nick Pickles, director of privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, described the action of Google being against the general public, and added that people are unaware of the method of collection and usage of data by Google.
The UK privacy watchdog ICO said that it is unclear how Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) will use their data across all products of the company.
However, the spokesperson did not make it clear that Google at the same time complies with the European Law and still face the allegation from five European privacy watchdogs.