Reporting Derek Valcourt
Derek Valcourt explains what’s wrong and why the attorney general wants to do something about it.
Frequent computer users know the power of Google.
“Using the Google browser almost becomes habit for doing quick searches,” said Dr. Jayfus Doswell, frequent computer user.
“What are they doing with this information? How are they storing it? Is it safe? Is it safe from hackers? Is it safe from identity theft and to whom are they giving that information?” Gansler said.
Google says it uses all that information to make sure you see advertisements relevant to your life.
“Maybe you want targeted advertising. Maybe that’s something you want. But you ought to have the choice. You ought to be able to opt in to it or at least opt out of it,” Gansler said.
But limiting Google’s access to private information sounds good to computer users like Doswell.
“Anyone should be able to opt in or opt out. I definitely agree,” he said.
The new Google privacy police takes effect March 1.
Earlier this week two Baltimore attorneys filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook, criticizing the company for its privacy practices.