Mountain View, California – (The Hosting News) – January 23, 2009 – Since for the second year, the U.S. and Canada are joining 27 European countries to celebrate Data Privacy Day 2009, Google is supporting an event hosted by the Information Technology Association of America.
Google is involved in The Information Technology Association of America’s ”Data Privacy Day: Increasing Privacy Awareness and Trust,” because the company believes that lack of understanding about online data protection is a global issue. As increasing amounts of data get uploaded to the Internet every day, it becomes more and more important for people to understand the benefits and risks of online communications and to learn how to use available tools to control and manage the information they share online.
Google joins U.S. and European government officials and key members of the privacy community on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, to discuss how to increase public awareness about data privacy. This event is a part of its ongoing constructive dialogue with regulators and legislators, consumer and industry groups, and think tanks and privacy advocates to discuss how to protect user information.
Google’s efforts to raise data privacy awareness extend beyond the public policy arena; the company aims to connect directly with our users, too. Google is committed to protecting users’ online privacy by following the principles of transparency and choice. Google is transparent about the data it collects, and designs products that give people control over the information they share.
Earlier this year, Google revamped our Privacy Center, where it offers information, tips and videos, that explain Google’s privacy practices and show people how they can control what data they share. The Privacy Center also includes a link to a series of blog posts about it uses data to improve products and services for users. Google also recently translated the Privacy Center into multiple languages, to better serve people all around the world.
Google is continuously working on innovative services and features that make information available to people in new ways, but with built-in privacy controls. For example, it introduced privacy-protective face-blurring for Street View earlier this year. And the launch of browser, Google Chrome, included a feature for surfing the Internet in incognito mode.
For the coming year, Google wants to improve privacy practices even more by engaging in further dialogue with people who use its products and services, offering up easier-to-understand policies, and providing more privacy tools and controls.
With the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology, Google Inc. delivers the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information on the Internet. Google’s technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards and citations, including two Webby Awards; two WIRED magazine Readers Raves Awards; Best Internet Innovation and Technical Excellence Award from PC Magazine; Best Search Engine on the Internet from Yahoo! Internet Life; Top Ten Best Cybertech from TIME magazine; and Editor’s Pick from CNET. A growing number of companies worldwide, including Yahoo! and its international properties, Sony Corporation and its global affiliates, AOL/Netscape, and Cisco Systems, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Sequoia Capital.
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Data Privacy Day, please visit: www.google.com/intl/en/privacy.html.
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