Currently, interested parties must click on “About Google” and then scroll to the bottom of the resulting page to find the link.
Google has regularly been in the firing line on privacy issues.Campaigners have criticized it for the way it stores and usesindividuals’ information. Concerns have also been raised over GoogleHealth, a hosted service launched last month which allows users tostore and manage information regarding their health online. Critics saythere is a risk individuals’ medical information could end up in thewrong hands.
Fourteen privacy groups have signed the letter to Schmidt, which waspublished by the PRC yesterday. They are all organizations fromCalifornia and Washington DC and include the Center for FinancialPrivacy and Human Rights, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, theElectronic Privacy Information Center and the World Privacy Forum.
Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic PrivacyInformation Center said: “This is not rocket science. The word’privacy’ is not going to take up a lot of space on the Googlehomepage.”
The letter to Schmidt claimed its reluctance to act was “alarming.”
Google could offer no comment at the time of writing.