This policy would allow Google to “link” all of an individual’s accounts on Google owned websites on March, 1, 2012. Conway isn’t the only one concerned about this issue, as 35 other Attorney Generals have publicly stated that they are weary of the new policy.
Many believe that this policy will create privacy issues, as one account could give access to all Google passwords. Others believe that this isn’t true, with the large amount of security that Google utilizes to protect their users and blocking hacking.
Conway stated, “We are concerned about Google's effort to force this major privacy change on consumers without giving them the opportunity to opt out,” showing that his main concern is the fact that it is considered difficult by many to get rid of a Google account.
This is also a concern with some who use the Android smart phone, having to log into Google to access many of the phone’s functions. It is said that they would have to log in and out in order to keep their online identities safe from those who would steal their private information. The Attorney General has stated that the consumers, “who remain in the Google ecosystem may be making more of their personal information vulnerable to attack from hackers and identity thieves.”
Conway also realizes that there are many Google users that will enjoy using the new system in order to link all of their accounts up. Nevertheless, Conway has made it clear that they are merely expressing concern for those who don’t want to stay in with this change and want to “opt out”. There has also been discussion of the businesses that use Google products that wishes to keep the older system instead of changing to the new format, in order to not have to teach their employees how to use the new format.
Due to the severity of this situation, Conway and the other 35 concerned Attorney Generals have sent a letter explaining their positions on the predicament and are waiting for a response from Google CEO Larry Page. Page has been asked to respond no later than Wednesday, February 29.
Dylan M. Graham
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