Know how Google makes its privacy policy clearer

Published May 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By MB Online

If you’re one of those who’s having trouble understanding Google’s privacy policy then this news would enable you to breathe a sigh of relief.

In this March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Google's search engine is highlighting an inaccurate story claiming that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in the Nov. 8, 2016, election, the latest example of bogus information spread by the internet's gatekeepers. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File) MANILA BULLETIN
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Because after contemplating on it for a while, Google finally gave in and is actually making its privacy policy clearer so that we “mere mortals” can actually understand it.

In her column for Mashable Asia Rachel Thompson wrote that the move is actually in compliance with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which takes effect on May 25, 2018.

In a nutshell, with its new privacy policy, Google will indicate which information it would collect and why it is doing so.

When you think about it, this perhaps is also a ripple effect caused by the controversy involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica wherein, millions of users’ information were allegedly compromised and given to a third party, whose intentions for collecting the data still remain unclear to this day.

William Malcolm, director, privacy legal EMEA at Google in a blog post said that they have improved the navigational and organizational aspects of the policy and even included videos and visual aids to make it easier for people to understand the information contained within.

One can now look for information a lot easier because of this, and more detailed explanation is now available as well as more options to manage, export and delete data from their services.

Also, you can now also change your privacy settings directly from the policy.

 
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