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    Associated Press: Google tightening privacy leash on its employees

    The Associated Press reports on a new announcement from Google concerning its privacy policies:

    Google Inc. is tightening its privacy leash on employees in an effort to ensure they don’t intrude on people while the Internet search leader collects and stores information about its users.

    Besides promoting longtime employee Alma Whitten to be its director of privacy, Google said Friday that it will require all 23,000 of its employees to undergo privacy training. The company also is introducing more checks aimed at making sure workers are obeying the rules.

    Google’s tougher privacy measures appear to be a response to recent breaches that have raised questions about the company’s internal controls and policies.

    In the most glaring example that indicated the company didn’t have a good grasp on what its workers were doing, Google acknowledged in May that one of its engineers had created a program that vacuumed up potentially sensitive personal information, including e-mails and passwords, from unsecured wireless networks while Google cars cruised neighborhoods around the world. The vehicles were dispatched primarily to take photos for Google’s online mapping service, but they also carried equipment to log the location of Wi-Fi networks. […]

    Google initially said it had only captured fragments of people’s online activities, but Canada’s investigation determined that entire e-mails, passwords and website addresses had been obtained and stored. In confirming Canada’s findings Friday, Google said it wants to delete all the Wi-Fi data remaining on its computers as quickly as possible, but must hold on to most of the information while authorities in different countries conduct their own investigations.

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