Why Google Isn’t the Privacy Villain (This Time)

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google Inc., speaks at The Economic Club in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Dec. 12, 2011. Photograph by Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg

Google has been on the receiving end of some particularly egregious complaints lately, most of them stemming from its revised privacy policy that went into place on March 1. Many of these efforts to call Google to the carpet, however, seem like little more than attempts to make a quick payday with a legal settlement or to make political hay by summoning the privacy villain du jour on behalf of voters. Online privacy is a complex issue, and blindly pointing fingers every time a site changes its policies or introduces a new service does little to advance the discussion.

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