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How not to violate the user’s privacy: an imagined presentation for Google employees

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Google last week settled a major privacy suit in the US over personal data the company collected during its Street View mapping project. As part of the settlement, Google agreed to pay a $7 million fine, run a public education campaign, and train its employees on how to avoid violating the privacy of Google users.

On that last point, Google said it would hold an annual privacy week for employees. What will the company discuss? Here is a presentation, imagined by Quartz, that a Google executive might deliver to advise employees on avoiding the company’s past mistakes. All of these examples are drawn from Google’s previous privacy flaps.

For instance, by linking to it from the homepage.

Especially not if she’s a teenager.

Only take information about the routers themselves.

Especially not if you’re already asking for her city of birth.

If you don’t, it’s sure to create the wrong kind of Buzz.

We certainly don’t need another controversy to get pegged with the suffix “-gate.”

Yes, even if she’s using Safari, which turns tracking off by default.

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