Google defends data protection record

12 May 2010

Search giant Google has hit back against criticism of its privacy practices in response to a communication from Data Protection Commissioners.

Professionals in the field of information security wrote to the company expressing their concerns about areas of its operations such as social networking solution Buzz and the Street View service.

Led by Jennifer Stoddart in Canada, the international alliance called on Google to make a greater commitment to data protection and privacy before it released new products.

However, Google admitted there had been initial problems with the launch of Buzz, but insisted it had acted quickly in response to user feedback to address such issues.

Its Privacy Counsels, Jane Horvath and Peter Fleischer, stated: "Google is committed to ensuring that privacy is designed into our products at every stage of the development cycle."

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office was recently given additional powers to tackle data protection violations, including the ability to fine organizations up to £500,000 for the worst breaches of legislation.

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