Authorities in the country wrote to Google to express concern that its new approach to storing and using Internet user’s data could violate Japan’s data protection laws. The government has asked Google to prepare a clear explanation of the impact of the rules and respond to any user feedback that it receives going forward.
The Internet giant’s new privacy move has raised concerns in a number of other countries too. Earlier this month, the government of fellow Asian country South Korea began investigating the possibility that the search giant was violating laws there.
Elsewhere, concern and pressure in the US prompted Google to write a letter to Congress explaining the move. The Web giant also provided a similar explanation to the European Union, after it rejected the organisation’s appeal to “pause” the introduction of the new policy.
However, the drama in Europe isn’t finished yet. This week, French regulators announced their intention to launch an investigation, claiming that the policy doesn’t conform to EU law.
Here’s how Google explained the move:
But, don’t take their word alone on it.
BBC reporter Kate Russell spent yesterday combing from the terms and conditions for The Next Web to see just how evil they are. You can read her thoughts, and explanation why it won’t step her from using Google services, in her guest post.
Google has seen itself enveloped in other privacy concerns of late, after a Wall Street Journal report found that it had been knowingly overriding security settings on Apple’s Safari browser. Google claims it was accidental and that the company was not spying or collecting data from Internet users.