L'Office of Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (OPCPD) d'Hong Kong, à l'instar de plusieurs autorités de protection des renseignements personnels, a demandé à Google d'apporter des précisions sur la politique de confidentialité entrée en vigueur le 1er mars 2012.
Une conférence de presse a été organisée, le 26 juillet 2012, pour fait état du résultat des discussions qui ont eu lieu entre l'OPCPD et Google.
Ainsi on peut lire sur le site de l'OPCPD que:
(a) No opt-out options to users for combining their account data - Not all users would feel comfortable to allow Google to combine their personal data across multiple Google services, especially those users who use Google services for personal and professional purposes. Users should be allowed to opt-out of the arrangement. Google should enable and educate users on how they may maintain separate identities when using Google services.
(c) Effects to Android users - Android users are greatly affected as they have to log on Google in order to meaningfully use Android. Google should provide more details to this group of users on how the change affects them.”3. PCPD has directly clarified with Google US on the changes. Some notable clarifications are:
(a) No combining information across multiple accounts – Google confirmed that it does not combine information across different accounts even if they have the same registration details (such as name, gender, date of birth), created/accessed from the same computer. It also confirmed that the only change was to allow sharing of information collected in search engine and YouTube with other Google services;
(b) User can create and use multiple Google accounts - Google confirmed that many of its services; support the switching between logged in accounts;
(c) Coverage of the combined policy – Google confirmed that the combined policy applies to all Google services without exception. However, in addition to the combined policy, the following products have additional privacy policies: Chrome and Chrome OS, Books and Wallet;
(a) if they are concerned about their information collected by Google, they should visit the Dashboard (www.google.com/dashboard) to examine what account and profile information are stored by Google, particularly search records in Web history and YouTube history, and removing/pausing them accordingly;
(b) if they wish to opt-out from Google advertisements that are based on the users’ interests and demographic details, they should access the Ad Preference Manager (www.google.com/ads/preferences) to inspect/modify/remove the categories Google has assigned to them for advertising purposes, and consider to download a browser plug-in from this page;
(c) if they are concerned about Google mixing together the information related to their personal, work or other affairs, they should consider creating multiple Google accounts to manage these activities; and
(d) if they are Android users concerned about the storage of location history by Google and sharing the information with other services, they should consider (i) disabling various options under Location services when not in use, and (ii) erasing and disabling Latitude location information in the Dashboard."(Source: OPCPD, Media Statement, July 26, 2012)