privacy policy.

July 4, 2008

Google announced on their official blog and their public policy blog that they have finally added a privacy link to their search page. They say “We added this link both to our homepage and to our results page to make it easier for you to find information about our privacy principles”. Of course no mention of California’s Online Privacy Protection Act that requires commercial websites to “conspicuously post” a link to their privacy policies. Remember, it’s all about the users.

I’m not a huge fan of the link placement on the homepage. Placing the link next to the copyright, in the smallest text on the page, just doesn’t seem very “conspicuous”. Especially since it replaced the word “Google”, I can see how it will be overlooked. The link on the search results, where it is listed next to the “About Google”, is much better. Also, the fact that they are willing to give an easily comprehensible overview is clearly preferable to reading some heavy legal document. So while it annoys me that they can put a “we care about the users” spin on just about everything, the final result works. Now hopefully they work something out with giving Viacom Youtube data.


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