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    CNet News: Legal advocates push for Google Books privacy

    CNet reports on a letter from (pdf) the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Samuelson Law Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley Law to Google concerning privacy in its Book Search service. The groups said:

    Under its current design, Google Book Search keeps track of what books readers search for and browse, what books they read, and even what they “write” down in the margins. Given the long and troubling history of government and third party efforts to compel libraries and booksellers to turn over records about readers, it is essential that Google Books incorporate strong privacy protections in both the architecture and policies of Google Book Search. Without these, Google Books could become a one-stop shop for government and civil litigant fishing expeditions into the private lives of Americans.

    CNet reports, “A Google Books representative said it’s premature for Google to say what its privacy policy will be, but that Google will continue to discuss the issues with advocates.” In a blog post, Dan Clancy, engineering director for Google Books, said:

    We have a strong privacy policy in place now for Google Books and for all Google products. But our settlement agreement hasn’t yet been approved by the court, and the services authorized by the agreement haven’t been built or even designed yet. That means it’s very difficult (if not impossible) to draft a detailed privacy policy.

    EFF is urging the public to take action and write to Google to demand privacy for their online reading data.

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