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    IDG News: Google’s New OS Raises Privacy, Antitrust Concerns

    IDG News reports on Google’s new operating system and what it means for privacy.

    Google’s announcement Tuesday that it is developing an open-source operating system raised questions among privacy advocates about the amount of personal data Google will be able to collect.

    Google already collects private data through products like its search engine and its Gmail e-mail service, as well as its AdSense advertising service. The Chrome operating system, to be rolled out on netbook computers next year, gives the company another avenue to collect and monetize personal information, privacy advocates said Wednesday. […]

    Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, another privacy advocate, agreed. “I think the new OS has to be placed under the data collection x-ray by U.S. and E.U. privacy regulators and advocates,” he said. “Any expansion into the marketplace by either Google or Microsoft should generate intense scrutiny, especially for the privacy implications.”

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