Google questioned integrity of recent privacy report by suggesting "conflict of interest regarding Microsoft," non-profit says
Just one day after slamming Google with the worst privacy ranking among top Internet companies, London-based Privacy International (PI) has publicly accused the search behemoth of attempting to undermine the non-profit's report, saying Google suggested to the media that PI has a "conflict of interest regarding Microsoft."
Meanwhile, Google has lashed back at PI's report, released Saturday, saying in a statement that it the company "aggressively protects its users' privacy and stands behind its track record," according to reports.
"We are disappointed with Privacy International's report, which is based on numerous inaccuracies and misunderstandings about our services," said Nicole Wong, Google's deputy general counsel.
In " A Race to the Bottom: Privacy Ranking of Internet Service Companies," PI ranks the privacy practices of 23 of "the best and the worst performers both in Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 across the full spectrum of search, e-mail, e-commerce and social networking sites, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Skype, Wikipedia, Yahoo, YouTube, and Google.
Overall, Google scored the absolute lowest, deemed "Hostile to Privacy" for its "track history of ignoring privacy concerns. Every corporate announcement involves some new practice involving surveillance."
Among the reasons for the low ranking, PI says that:
- Google account holders that regularly use even a few of Google's services must accept that the company retains a large quantity of information about that user, often for an unstated or indefinite length of time, without clear limitation on subsequent use or disclosure, and without an opportunity to delete or withdraw personal data even if the user wishes to terminate the service.