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Google privacy changes not all bad: Privacy Commissioner

Stephen Bell | Feb. 17, 2012
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff sees both positive and negative aspects to the major changes in Google's privacy policy due to take effect on March 1.

"For people who don't have Google accounts (eg Google+, Reader, Gmail etc) there is probably little difference [in the effect of the new policies]," Shroff concludes.

In 2010, following an investigation by the Privacy Commissioner's office, Google apologised to New Zealanders for collecting wi-fi data through its StreetView mapping vehicles.


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