Mixed Reviews For Google Dashboard

Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 1:37 pm


    launched an application Thursday that allows users to see what data is
    stored in their accounts, but at least one group says the effort
    doesn’t go far enough. The Google Dashboard is "designed to be simple
    and useful" and summarizes data for a range of products from e-mail and
    calendar applications to social networking and video sharing platforms.
    Consumer Watchdog, a group that has repeatedly thrashed Google for its
    advertising and privacy protection practices, said the Internet giant
    should let users opt out of tracking and delete information associated
    with their computer’s IP address from Google’s servers.

    "If Google really wanted to give users control over their privacy it
    would give consumers the ability to be anonymous from the company and
    its advertisers in crucial areas such as search data and online
    behavior," Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson said in a
    press release. "The Dashboard gives the appearance of control without
    the actual ability to prevent Google from tracking you and delivering
    you to its marketers." That function is Google’s "black box and data
    mine," he said.

    Consumer Watchdog said Google should offer a simple
    "make-me-anonymous" or "don’t track" button or icon on its home page,
    or at the very least in its dashboard, that would prevent search
    information from being logged at the choice of the user. The group also
    said that the dashboard, though useful, is not easy to find. Read more
    about dashboard here.

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