Thursday, January 28, 2010

Celebrating Data Privacy Day

Did you know that today is an international holiday, one that's celebrated in the U.S., Canada, and 27 countries in Europe? Known as Data Privacy Day in North America and Data Protection Day in Europe, today is meant to increase public awareness about privacy in the information age. To mark this occasion, on the Official Google Blog we've unveiled our Privacy Principles, which guide the decisions we make as we create products and services that offer transparency and control.

We've also been participating in several special industry events. Last Friday, Global Privacy Counsel Jane Horvath spoke on a panel at the University of North Carolina called, "Reader Privacy: Should Library Standards for Privacy Apply in the Digital World?" And today at the University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Law School, the Federal Trade Commission is holding the second of a three-part series of public roundtable discussions about the privacy issues raised by the innovations of the 21st century. Throughout the day, industry representatives, regulators, advocacy groups, and academics will be giving talks and appearing on panels about social networking, cloud computing, mobile computing and policy. Nicole Wong, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Google, will be appearing alongside representatives from other companies (including Facebook and LinkedIn) and advocacy groups on the day's second panel, "Privacy Implications of Social Networking and Other Platform Providers."

In Brussels, Google privacy and security engineer Alma Whitten appeared Wednesday on a panel at the European Parliament called "Awareness and Empowerment: The Role of Users in Privacy Protection." Today she is giving the very first Google Brussels TechTalk, offering an engineering point of view on online privacy. And on Friday, Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer will speak at the opening panel, "Forgetfulness and Data Retention," of the third annual Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection Conference, of which Google is a sponsor.

You can learn more about our everyday efforts to empower users with transparency and choice at the Google Privacy Center and on our YouTube channel.


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dalney007 said...

Mr President...

Sometimes there're ways to change healthcare not just from within but also from the private sector.
I support the healthcare bill that may come out of the house and senate. On the private Sector, Mr
President, imagine a healthcare firm that operates much like Google... which is a company that is
not a normal ( Initial public offering : I.P.O. ) where they are set up in a way where the controll
-ing shares are left in the hands of the leadership whose mission is for the well fair of its clients
and not stock holders. Since Google does not allow a controlling interest to its share holders they
are more responsive to the market while keeping lower returns to the point of being able to make un
-popular decisions that initially may seem unprofitable in the short term but enviably over the long
haul gives Google an edge over its competitors and in the long term makes them very profitable while
still improving and enhancing overall service to its clients. I would love to see a healthcare insur
-ance company run much like Google and really makes strides to lower healthcare cost while outstripp
-ing its competitors when it comes to profitability that would make a model of excellence one that
medicare can work in harmony with.