In a letter to Google chief Larry Page, the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), whose U.S. members include Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Public Knowledge, AARP and the ACLU, said it was asking him "simply and directly to suspend" the March 1 modification.
"[Y]ou propose to combine data from all of your services, provided by your users in very different contexts and for very different reasons, into a single profile without user consent and without any meaningful opportunity for users to opt-out," TACD wrote. "Going forward with this plan will be a mistake. We ask you to reconsider."
Markey's office pointed out Markey had asked the FTC for input on the policy, but did not say what the FTC's response had been, if any. A Markey spokesperson was not available for comment.
The FTC would not comment on its investigation beyond the following statement.
"The FTC takes compliance with our consent orders very seriously and always looks carefully at any evidence or allegations that they are being violated," said an FTC spokesperson. "Allegations have been made that Google's recently announced changes to its privacy policies and practices violate a Commission order. All orders are subject to a detailed and vigorous compliance review process, but such investigations are non-public, and we therefore cannot comment further."
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