Not mentioned in the Hill article was that Google itself has not been transparent in its own data collection practices in spite of what it requires of other companies. It has been documented on several occasions that Google maintains all data from its users. It has also been reported that the internet baron collects data on children via school-owned and other electronic devices that access the web.
In addition, Google has also agreed to help Communist China violate its citizens’ privacy by building a search engine system that would report all browser activity directly to the government. In other words, the internet giant is helping a totalitarian regime spy on its own people.
However, Google’s chief “privacy officer” Keith Enright, ignored his company’s adverse privacy practices in a blog post. “This framework is based on established privacy frameworks, as well as our experiences providing services that rely on personal data and our work to comply with data protection laws around the world. These principles help us evaluate new legislative proposals and advocate for responsible, interoperable and adaptable data protection regulations.”
Tech companies all over are mostly in favor of federal regulation of privacy that would prevent states from implementing laws independently. This support comes somewhat in retaliation to the strict privacy law recently signed into law in the state of California. Representatives from the tech industry will testify to their data practices before the Senate Commerce Committee tomorrow.