Google Admits to Privacy Lapses Before US Senate
Google has acknowledged in its testimony before the US Senate that it had previously made mistakes in relation to privacy issues, but it had used what it learned to improve its privacy program.
Google chief privacy officer Keith Enright delivered the statement before the Senate Commerce Committee. The search giant testified alongside AT&T Inc, Amazon, Apple, and other major tech companies amid growing concerns on data privacy.
Although Google’s testimony did not detail what mistakes the it was referring to, it was noted that the company had to pay $22.5 million in 2012 for using tracking cookies and serving targeted ads to Safari users. It was also charged for using deceptive tactics when it launched Google Buzz, and sued for illegally tracking iPhone and Android users just this August.