Jennifer Stoddart, the Canadian Privacy Commissioner is leading a global group of ten privacy regulators that want Google to tighten up their approach to user’s privacy. Google CEO Eric Schmidt received an open letter from the Canadian Privacy Commissioner and nine other privacy advocates from France, Germany, New Zealand, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and the UK.
“We are increasingly concerned that, too often, the privacy rights of the world’s citizens are being forgotten as Google rolls out new technological applications,” they wrote.
According to the letter the introduction of Google Buzz in February 2010 created serious privacy problems that should have been apparent to Google immediately. The letter also criticized Google Street View for being launched without privacy consideration.
This comes in the wake of today’s confirmation that Internet intruders broke into Google’s password single sign on system in January that controls access to most of the company’s e-mail and web applications.
Now that Google centralizes the information of millions of users, it is time that they take security and privacy much more seriously.