(The Hosting News) – In light of the recent controversy over data tracking, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke out, promising that Google would work to simplify privacy controls on Android devices. The comments were made during Google’s Big Tent conference, which discusses internet privacy.
Stressing greater user control over personal data, the chairman noted, “In general we take the position that you own your data and should be able to opt in or out of a service”. However, Schmidt also noted that when more users choose to share their data, it helps Google improve overall service.
The company had recently defended their position that Google allows users to opt out of data sharing on Android-based devices during recent senate hearings.
Schmidt also discussed an improved Google Dashboard, which would allow users to view data that they’ve shared on the search engine. Emphasizing limitations, the chairman stated, “It is worth stressing that we can only do this with data you have shared with Google. We can’t be a vacuum-cleaner for the whole internet.”
During the conference, the question surrounding the controversial idea that companies could create a database based off of facial recognition was raised. The chairman said it was “unlikely” that Google would create one , calling the “surprising accuracy” in which technology could do such a thing, “very concerning.”