It probably won’t satisfy the fiercest critics of Google’s privacy policies, who claim the company has strayed too far from its “Don’t be Evil” mantra. One advocacy group has even put up a billboard in Times Square showing a sinister Joker-like character, in the likeness of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, offering kids free ice cream as he steals their personal information.
But Google is tweaking its privacy policies hoping to make them easier to understand, associate general counsel Mike Yang announced Friday on the search engine’s official blog. The changes take effect October 3.
“Even taking into account that they’re legal documents, most privacy policies are still too hard to understand,” Yang wrote. “We aren’t changing any of our privacy practices. We want to make our policies more transparent and understandable.”
“Our updated privacy policies still might not be your top choice for beach reading (I am, after all, still a lawyer),” Yang wrote. “But hopefully you’ll find the improvements to be a step in the right direction.”