SafeGov disputes the Internet search leader's claims that the changes won't affect government workers using Google apps.
Google announced changes in its privacy policies Tuesday that it says are aimed at simplifying them. Part of that simplification includes sharing its users' data across all its services so it can be used to tailor delivery of those services, as well as advertising, to those users.
Following that announcement, SafeGov raised an alarm and called on Google not to apply the changes to workers using Google's government apps. SafeGov argued the changes created privacy and security risks for those workers.
Writing in a company blog on Thursday, Google's vice president for its enterprise business, Amit Singh, said SafeGov's concerns were unwarranted.
SafeGov expert Jeff Gould, though, maintains that Singh's assurances don't jibe with what Google has posted online. "It's good that Google said that it wouldn't apply these policies to government workers, but it's hard to see if they're actually doing it in practice," he told PCWorld.
"If you read the fine print in their contract, it says the opposite of what they say," he asserted.
While he believes Google is sincere in its intention to shield government workers from the new policy changes, he said, "different parts of the organization are confused and not in touch with each other."
"I'm not casting doubt on Google's sincerity," he said. "I'm sure they mean it when they say they do not intend to apply this new policy to government workers, but the reality of what's in the contract isn't in sync yet with what they've saying."
"It's something they need to clean up, and I trust they will," he added.
In a letter sent Thursday to Google CEO Larry Page, eight representatives wrote, "Google's announcement raises questions about whether consumers can opt out of the new data sharing system either globally or on a product-by-product basis. We believe that consumers should have the ability to opt out of data collection when they are not comfortable with a company's terms of service and that the ability to exercise that choice should be simple and straightforward."
Earlier this week, Google Policy Manager Betsy Masiello defended the policy changes. "We're making things simpler and we're trying to be upfront about it," she wrote in a company blog. "Period."
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