For the past several months, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has voiced opposition to Google’s...
EPIC states that Google's privacy report that was recently made public proves the company violates compliance with the FTC Consent Order. What information in the privacy report does EPIC think violates that consent order?
Jacobs: I don't think the initial report itself proves a violation of the consent order, but it does raise questions about compliance. The privacy report was required under the consent order to "set forth in detail the manner and form in which [Google] has complied with this order." By refusing to explain compliance with certain areas of the order, such as the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework, or why the notices Google sent to users adequately explained the purposes for which Google collects and uses information, and the extent to which users could exercise control over their information, Google's report raises questions about compliance with the order.