According to an article in the Baltimore Sun in early in July, Maryland joined 22 other states in sending a letter to Google stating that more needs to be done to protect the privacy of consumers. Unfortunately for Google, this isn’t the first time there’s been a privacy issue of this nature.
Over a year ago, 36 Attorneys General wrote to Google regarding privacy concerns for citizens in their states. According to Maryland’s Attorney General, Doug Gansler, Google officials met with the Maryland State Regulators to make some changes. A letter was sent to Google CEO, Larry Page, advising further suggestions for improvement for consumer privacy. The letter stated:
“Online technology is constantly changing, and innovation is welcomed, but innovation should not come at the expense of consumer protection.”
The letter went on to say that Google shouldn’t treat consumers’ information like automatic software updates; it should be treated like new decision-points, requiring a consumer’s consent.