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Preview Google's Apology for Collecting Kids SS#s
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2011-02-23 11:32
See a preview below of Google's likely official public apology for collecting kids' partial Social Security #s and other private information -- without the permission of their parents.
"We are deeply sorry, very very sorry, and even oh-so-sorry for collecting partial social security numbers, date and place of birth on kindergartners and grade schoolers participating in the Doodle-4-Google contest.
Rest assured that Google is confident, in advance of investigating this matter internally, that this rogue doodle-engineer that sought to collect key identity profile information on kids, was working all alone, all by himself, talking to no one about what he was doing, so it is clear that no one else at Google could possibly have known that Google was collecting identity-profiling information on little kids...
Everyone knows that everything we do at Google is for users' benefit -- only.
Once again please hear us and be calmed by our false humility, we are really really really sorry that we have gotten caught yet again violating people's normal expectations of privacy.
To appear proactive and responsible, and to help the FTC be timely in preemptively shutting down their investigation of this matter quickly, like it did 10-27-10 in closing the FTC WiSpy investigation before most anyone else, Google will re-pledge to:
We believe these blog commitments should be more than enough to put this matter permanently to rest. So move along, there is nothing to see here.
Lastly, let us be clear, Google will vigorously protect the privacy of these children by resisting any state or Federal investigation or subpoenas into this matter, because this data could fall into the hands of people that Google does not trust.
Posted by: Google's imaginary user Ombudsman."