In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, EPIC has called for an investigation of recent changes by Google to Google Search, the dominant search algorithm on the Internet. EPIC cited Google’s decision to include personal data, such as photos, posts, and contact details, gathered from Google+ in Google Search results. “Google’s business practices raise concerns related to both competition and the implementation of the Commission’s consent order,” EPIC said, referring to a settlement that the FTC reached with Google that establishes new privacy safeguards for users of Google products and services and subjects the company to regular privacy audits.
- Epic to FTC: Google Search+ is violating users’ privacy (via The Guardian)
- Google Tying Google Plus and Many More (by Professor Benjamin Edelman, Harvard Business School)
- Google Counters Rivals’ Slams Of Search Plus Initiative (via Media Post)