Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), chairwoman of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, said she worried the company’s policy changes weren’t transparent enough and didn’t clearly put users in control. She said it appeared Google also did not quickly delete data upon a user’s request.
About a dozen House members attended the closed-door meeting with Google policy director Pablo Chavez and deputy general counsel Michael Yang.
Some lawmakers lauded Google’s privacy dashboard, which shows users what data are being collected.
But several lawmakers, Bono Mack said, asked why the firm didn’t allow users to opt out of the changes that are set to begin March 1. One lawmaker, she said, suggested the company allow users a clear option to decline to participate in the policy that would combine databases across products including Gmail, YouTube, Blogger and the search for signed-in users.
“The concern is that if I’m logged into Gmail and then forget to log out when I then go to search for information about cervical cancer, my data can then be transported to YouTube,” Bono Mack said. “Does that mean my health information is at risk?”