Canadian Watchdog Wants Privacy Audit Of Google

Seems auditing Google's privacy policies and actions is becoming a popular demand these days, only months after the FTC required Google to submit to bi annual audits a privacy watchdog is demanding the same be done with Canada.

"Canada's privacy commissioner has asked Google to undergo an independent, third-party audit of its policies after her office found the Internet giant's lack of privacy programs led it to wrongly collect and hold confidential information of Canadians," the Toronto Sun reported.

The problems in the US started with the leaking of information about Buzz users, while the Canadian issues stem from the collection of information during Google's WiFi gathering of information for Google Maps and Places.

Google has started to delete the inadvertently collected personal data and all yet to be deleted information is secured and not accessible, the company stated.

Canada Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said "Google appears to be well on the way to resolving serious shortcomings in the way in which it addresses privacy issues. However, given the significance of the problems we found during our investigation, we will continue to monitor how Google implements our recommendations."

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Google has had issues from other countries - especially in Europe - and the vehicles grabbing the information have meet with various protests and amusing confrontations.

"As many as 30 countries world wide are considering prosecution of Google for its collection of data from unsecured hotspots while gathering information for its Street View project, according to the Age. The United States, many countries in Europe and Asia Pacific are among those now looking at Google's actions," I wrote last year.

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.