February 24, 2012 by Spencer Cameron
They’ve sent a strongly worded letter to Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page questioning the company’s commitment to consumer privacy, saying the changes in Google’s policy would force Internet users to share personal data without a method to opt out, Computerworld reported Friday.
Google’s new policy, set to go into effect March 1, will bring together user data from services like YouTube, Gmail and Google search into a single merged profile for each user of those services.
Google said the changes will allow it to deliver better and more targeted services for users of its products. The company said users who do not like the new policy can simply stop using its services.
That did not sit well with the attorneys general.
“It rings hollow to call [the ability of users] to exit the Google products ecosystem a ‘choice’ in an Internet economy where the clear majority of all Internet users use — and frequently rely on — at least one Google product on a regular basis.”