Google privacy principles

The biggest leap many Android users have to make is going all-in with Google. E-mail, contacts, search results -- Google knows it all. Today is International Data Privacy Day, and the Big G is taking the opportunity to explain its privacy principles in five easy bullet points. Peep them and a cute little explainer video after the break.

  • Use information to provide our users with valuable products and services.
  • Develop products that reflect strong privacy standards and practices.
  • Make the collection of personal information transparent.
  • Give users meaningful choices to protect their privacy.
  • Be a responsible steward of the information we hold.


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Google's five privacy principles


We live in a world of technology..... and information is shared through everything. Credit cards, drivers license, ss card, your automobile plates, banking, etc.

If people have a big problem with this then do one of two things. 1.) move to an island with no technology. 2.) Don't use use email, cell phones, internet, credit cards, etc. Step back into time about 20-30 years and live that way. :)

I mostly 2nd Orlando's comment above. Although I think one must be vigilant and pay attention. If you don't understand the technology and security behind it, you might want to bypass some of those things.
Examples: 1. I live in a medium-sized town, over 250k population. In the last year, some bonehead small-practice doctor, or his employee, dumped paper records behind a new combo commercial/housing development. A lame attempt to burn it was made, but many folks' names, addresses, AND medical records were there lying in the dirt. Upshot: there's ALWAYS been some risk even before tech devices. 2. I just got back from O'Charley's restaurant about 9AM (they're not open yet). I was picking up my smartphone I'd left there last night. I do NOT have everything locked down, but anything different than contact info, like car VINs to bank account info, requires a password. There is still some small risk it could be cracked, I accept that. 3. I work for a fortune 100 company. Got a notice offering ID/fraud insurance for a year because the off-site storage company they use lost some mainframe tape that was NOT encrypted. I'd rate our security knowledge, practices, and auditing extremely highly, yet this occured. The common thread here: humans. We make mistakes, even with the tightest procedures and controls there are risks.
Most of us don't even do the basics for ourselves, indicating we accept the risks, eg, use non-trivial passwords, and change them several times a year.
Be careful out there.... but have fun, life is too short to worry!

Your choices in the poll are kind of limiting. I don't fully trust google. They out for their advantage, not mine. And "I live openely" doesn't cut it. There are some things I'm fine with being out in the open, some things I'm not (SSNs, passwords, etc.).

At the same time, I wouldn't necesarily say it's keeps me up at night. There are safeguards one can take.

I am concerned about privacy to a good extent. But quite frankly I'm a little less concerned about what Google will do with the data they collect than I am with what my bank, the credit card companies, and the government will do with the data they collect.

Google has worked hard to create the image of a company that cares about data privacy-- and let's face it-- not only their reputation, but their future viability, is closely tied to how well they protect consumer data and how transparent their practices remain. Since they have so much to lose by inappropriately handling consumer information, my belief is that they have strong motives to ensure that it doesn't happen (and that proper actions-- whatever they may be-- are taken if it does). This is in stark contrast to how the other organizations mentioned above rely upon consumer trust and confidence.