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Google Privacy Week: Google+, Ads Preferences Manager and Me On the Web Plus Other

Google’s Privacy Week [email protected] held from 10th-14th October — and featured more than two dozen talks and training opportunities, with Googlers from around the world participating live or via videoconference, informed Alma Whitten, Director of Privacy, Product and Engineering.

Adding, Whitten said, “Google Privacy Week was a great opportunity to evaluate our progress and prepare for the work we have in front of us. It’s inspiring to see the amount of attention Googlers around the world are putting into building products, tools and options that help our users better control their privacy – both on Google products and as they browse the web.”

Key topics included:

Privacy@Google: Alma Whitten

  • “Design philosophy behind some of the privacy tools we’ve built, such as Circles in Google+, Ads Preferences Manager and Me On the Web
  • Strengthened internal controls and review process we’ve developed over the past year that ensure we design products with privacy in mind
  • how our Privacy Principles guide our approach to protecting users and giving them transparency and choice
  • insights from our User Experience and Enterprise teams on what our users and customers are asking for in terms of privacy,” mentioned Whitten.

Author Jeff Jarvis gave a thoughtful and provocative talk about his new book Public Parts:

Whitten said some special guests, including Trevor Hughes, president and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP); Chris Hoofnagle of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology; and Bob Warner and Fiona Lennox of the Ofcom Consumer Communications Panel, were also present.

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