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Google’s Sundar Pichai says privacy can’t be a ‘luxury good’

Compare and contrast these utterings with Mark Zuckerberg‘s statements on privacy. No matter how well-meaning the CEO is, the business model of both companies currently relies on hoovering data. I’d need to see a shift in how Google makes money to change my trust level…:

[…] Pichai acknowledged that having access to our data makes Google’s services run better, but that users — all users — should still expect their privacy to be protected without having to pay extra for the privilege.

“Privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services,” he wrote. “Privacy must be equally available to everyone in the world.”

Pichai’s op-ed piece comes amid turmoil in the tech community about how consumers’ data is used, sold and protected. Google has faced questions about the collection of user location data, the software flaws that exposed information from millions of accounts of Google+ users and the question of privacy regulations.


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Peter Glock
Over 30 years of designing, building and managing telecoms and IT services. Primarily working with large enterprise and professional services businesses in Asia, North America, continental Europe and the UK. Information security professional, secret physics nerd.

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