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10 Countries ask more privacy from Google

Google was served with a letter from “privacy officials” in 10 countries with a list of complaints and demands surrounding privacy. The letter was signed by officials in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and United Kingdom. The signatories couldn’t be reached for comment. A Google spokesperson declined to comment on content of the letter saying, “We’ve discussed all these issues publicly many times before and have nothing to add to letter.” The letter comes as company is preparing to Tuesday share information about the number of requests it receives from foreign governments, an announcement it says it has been planning for many months. “Their timing is certainly ironic given that Tuesday we’re making an important transparency announcement around government requests.” “We’re increasingly concerned that, too often, the privacy rights of the world’s citizens are being forgotten as Google rolls out new technological applications,” reads the letter, which also asks for Google to issue it a response for how it plans to meet these requirements. “Privacy cannot be sidelined in the rush to introduce new technologies to online audiences around the world.


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