With its mobile location-based service, called Google Latitude, Google doesn’t keep a log of user locations. “One wonders if this could be applied in some sense to Books,” said Jason Schultz, acting director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic.
Google often says that privacy is important, but it needs to talk more about what steps it will take, said Chris Hoofnagle, director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology’s information privacy programs. “The details are what really matter,” Hoofnagle said.
“Privacy, by design, requires early intervention,” he added.
It gives us an opportunity to get them to commit in legal language, in a binding document that would be different than all the other products, which are sort of ad hoc,” Schultz of the Samuelson Clinic said.