Google to MPs: No need to regulate online privacy policies
A Google logo is displayed at the headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Thursday, April 12, 2012. (AP / Paul Sakuma)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:58PM EDT
OTTAWA - Search engine giant Google says it feels no need for governments to regulate online privacy policies.
A policy manager for the company's Canadian operations told a House of Commons committee that it would be difficult to determine default positions for the policies.
And Colin McKay says that's because the online world is evolving too quickly to set regulations in stone that would endure.
Drafting online privacy policies is complex work for companies balancing legal protections against making sure users understand what information they're giving up.
But McKay says he feels awareness of privacy is evolving to the point that people are shying away from using some applications because they don't want to share information.
McKay was appearing before a committee studying the issue of privacy and social media, where MPs raised concerns about Google's access to personal information.