Google finally surrenders & posts a privacy link

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Google Privacy Link

After constantly refusing to do what other big websites had already done – post a privacy link to their front page – Google has finally surrendered and done the big move.

No-one knows why they suddenly caved in, but Techcrunch speculates that it was probably government pressure or the fact that the absence of a privacy policy may have been illegal under California law.

Now that the privacy link is finally there, you have to ask yourself why Google was making such a fuss over it in the first place.   It is such a tiny link, it takes up hardly any space at all on the page, and realistically, how many people are actually going to click on it?   Is this tiny little link the cause of all the hoo-hah?

If you do click on it, you’re taken to Google’s “Privacy Center” where there are links to the full privacy policy as well as “privacy practices” for certain products and privacy videos at YouTube.   Quite an extensive and well thought out effort but again, how many people are actually going to take the time to read it all?