Google Urges UN to Set Global Internet Privacy Rules

The introduction of Google Street View – photographic images of street-level landmarks and people – sparked concern from consumers about loss of privacy and abuse of the internet. Internet users around the world are already alarmed by poor security displayed by some internet banking and other online services, so technology companies, including Google, prod international organizations such as the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to adopt an active role in developing international privacy standards. Shaky security, whether from sloppiness or a lack of regulations, erodes consumer trust and weakens the internet as a viable economic tool. The internet has become essential for business, and the advancement of technology could stall if consumers must worry about widespread release of financial, legal or other sensitive material. – YaleGlobal

Google Urges UN to Set Global Internet Privacy Rules

Act now to avoid crisis of confidence, says web firm, warning that development of net could be hampered
Bobbie Johnson
Friday, September 21, 2007

Click here to read the article in The Guardian.

The writer is a technology correspondent for The Guardian.

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