Pressure is mounting on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the changes to Google's privacy policies slated for March 1. Adding to the stack of letters from lawmakers and privacy advocates, the Center for Digital Democracy, a consumer privacy organizations, petitioned the FTC Wednesday to review Google's policy changes, charging that Google did not come clean with consumers as to why they are being made.
But the CDD argues in its petition that Google is talking out of both sides of its mouth, saying one thing to advertisers and the business community, and another to the consumers who must make decisions about protecting their own privacy.
After Google announced the planned changes in January, the FTC got an earful from lawmakers, privacy advocates and was even named in a lawsuit from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which is asking the court to compel the FTC to investigate whether or not Google's planned changes violate its privacy consent decree with the FTC.
"We hope this notches up pressure on the FTC to force Google to back down," said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the CDD. "I think this complaint will provide insight into Google's actual business practices so the FTC can act in the Google case. All along I've said, what Google needs to tell their consumers is what they tell each other and to publications like Adweek."