Thursday, January 26, 2012

Google’s New Privacy Policy And Terms Of Service As On March 2012

Google is presently managing 60 different privacy policies across multiple products and services of Google and is in the process of replacing them with a single privacy policy that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. The updated Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service are available online to read and analyse. These changes will take effect on March 1, 2012.

Google new privacy policy would allow sharing of personal information for many reasons including for legal reasons. Google will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google if it has a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

(a) Meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
(b) Enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.
(c) Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
(d) Protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Google, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.

Google’s enforcement aspects have also been explained by the new privacy policy. Google regularly reviews its compliance with the Privacy Policy. Google also adheres to several self regulatory frameworks. When Google receives formal written complaints, Google will contact the person who made the complaint to follow up. Google works with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that Google cannot resolve with our users directly.

Google’s Terms of Services (TOS) also carry many interesting aspects. These TOS provide that the user must follow any policies made available to him within the Services. Google does not allow misusing its Services. For example, a user must not interfere with Google’s Services or try to access them using a method other than the interface and the instructions that Google provides. A user may use Google’s Services only as permitted by law, including applicable export and re-export control laws and regulations. Google may suspend or stop providing its Services to the user if he does not comply with Google’s terms or policies or if Google is investigating suspected misconduct.

Google’s Services display some content that is not Google’s. This content is the sole responsibility of the entity that makes it available. Google may review content to determine whether it is illegal or violates its policies, and Google may remove or refuse to display content that Google reasonably believe violates its policies or the law. But that does not necessarily mean that Google reviews content.

Google responds to notices of alleged copyright infringement and terminate accounts of repeat infringers according to the process set out in the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Google provides information to help copyright holders manage their intellectual property online. If you think somebody is violating your copyrights and want to notify Google, you can find information about submitting notices and Google’s policy about responding to notices in its Help Center.

The laws of California, U.S.A., excluding California’s conflict of laws rules, will apply to any disputes arising out of or relating to these terms or the Services. All claims arising out of or relating to these terms or the Services will be litigated exclusively in the federal or state courts of Santa Clara County, California, USA, and you and Google consent to personal jurisdiction in those courts.