Google fires back at "dishonest" Microsoft ad

If you read the story yesterday about Microsoft trying to take advantage of Google's woes centering on its new change in privacy policies and had mental images of pots and kettles; you aren't alone. Microsoft is trying to woo consumers that use Google services over to similar Microsoft services, and according to Google, the boys from Redmond aren’t being entirely truthful.
While Microsoft took to newspapers all around the country to make its claims, Google is taking to its official Public Policy Blog to refute the myths Microsoft and others are selling. The first myth Google refutes is that it made $36 billion selling information about users in 2011. Google says that it does not sell, trade or rent personally indefinable information about users of any of its services. It also notes that the ads it sells are placed by advertisers and target specific keywords.
The next myth to be busted according to Google is that its privacy policy changes will make it harder for people to control their information. Google points out again that its privacy controls have not changed and that it offers more privacy controls the most companies (read Microsoft) offer by allowing the users to edit and delete the search history, YouTube viewing history, and port any data they want to other services. Google also mentions its Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager as a place users can go to see what data was collected and manage that data.
Next on the busting block is the allegation that Google is changing the privacy policy to make the data they collect more valuable to advertisers. Google claims that the majority of the product personalization it offers has nothing to do with patents and is simply to make the service better for users. The example Google uses is when a Gmail user logs into an e-mail account if the Gmail message is about meeting, they can directly add the meeting to their calendar. Google also notes that no one reads e-mails other than the person who received the e-mail.
Allegations have claimed that Google Apps are not government certified and are not safe for users. Google says that its apps are in fact certified government use and they are secure. The new privacy policy Google is working on doesn't change the contract role agreements that Google has, and those contract role agreements have always superseded Google's privacy policy and will continue to do so with the new changes in place.
The final myth Google wants to bust is that Microsoft's approach to privacy is better. Google said, "We don’t make judgments about other people’s policies or controls. But our industry-leading Privacy Dashboard, Ads Preferences Manager and data liberation efforts enable you to understand and control the information we collect and how we use it—and we’ve simplified our privacy policy to make it easier to understand. Microsoft has no data liberation effort or Dashboard-like hub for users. Their privacy policy states that “information collected through one Microsoft service may be combined with information obtained through other Microsoft services."

Source: Google

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