Google reponds to Microsoft's privacy claims, says they are all myths

With the recent changes in privacy policies that Google has plastered across its product line, Microsoft has offered "better alternatives" and blatently attacked Google's Privacy Policy to toot its own horn. Now, Google lashes back by "debunking" several privacy myths.

"The changes Google announced make it harder, not easier, for people to stay in control of their own information. We take a different approach – we work to keep you safe and secure online, to give you control over your data, and to offer you the choice of saving information on your hard drive, in the cloud, or both," Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Communication states.

Now, Google is responding back to Microsoft's concerns. "A number of myths are being spread about Google’s approach to privacy. We just wanted to give you the facts."

In response to Microsoft's claim that Google's Privacy Policy changes now make it harder for users to control their personal information, Google states: "Our privacy controls have not changed. Period. Our users can: edit and delete their search history; edit and delete their YouTube viewing history; use many of our services signed in or out; use Google Dashboard and our Ads Preferences Manager to see what data we collect and manage the way it is used; and take advantage of our data liberation efforts if they want to remove information from our services."

Microsoft also claimed that Google simply changed their Privacy Policy to make data collected more valuable to advertisers. Google responded by saying that the majority of product personalization is unrelated to advertisement.

In response to "Google reads your email," Google stated, "No one reads your email but you. Like most major email providers, our computers scan messages to get rid of spam and malware, as well as show ads that are relevant to you."

Microsoft even attacked Google Apps claiming that it wasn't government-certified. "Google's Apps are certified for government use because they are secure," Google stated.

Google offered one final statement to reassure its users that it's Privacy Policy was nothing to be concerned about. "We’ve always believed the facts should inform our marketing—and that it’s best to focus on our users rather than negative attacks on other companies."

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