Google to acknowledge privacy ‘mistakes’ to Senate panel | Cyber Security
Google will acknowledge that it’s made “mistakes” on privacy issues during testimony before a Senate committee on Wednesday, Reuters reported Tuesday.
“We acknowledge that we have made mistakes in the past, from which we have learned, and improved our robust privacy program,” Google Chief Privacy Officer Keith Enright is expected to tell the Senate Commerce Committee, according to the news agency, which cited a document it had obtained.
The written testimony didn’t specify which mistakes the company would acknowledge. In July, Google drew criticism when a report revealed that third-party applications had been letting their employees. And in August, reports surfaced that some Google services on Android and Apple devices even when location services are turned off. These are the most recent privacy concerns raised by critics, but a Wikipedia page dedicated to “Privacy concerns regarding Google” lists more.
Wednesday’s hearing, which will focus on technology companies’ and internet service providers’ approaches to protecting user privacy, will also.
The hearing is the latest in mounting scrutiny that tech companies have faced over data collection and user privacy. Facebook is still reeling from the, in which data from as many as was improperly shared with the political consultancy, which worked with the Trump campaign.
Google on Monday, suggesting companies limit data collection, be required to protect that data and give people control of and easy access to information collected about them.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai will alsoon Friday.
Google representatives couldn’t immediately comment.
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