Google CEO doesn't understand his own company's privacy controls

24/10/2023 | The Register

A video deposition released in a long-standing lawsuit against Google has claimed that even the CEO, Sundar Pichai, doesn't understand the company's privacy controls. Google has been fighting a lawsuit that accuses the company of not providing certain privacy protections despite offering a menu that promises them. The lawsuit is centred around a setting called Web & App Activity (WAA) and a sub-setting called sWAA. The menu button for these settings is available on one's Google Accounts web page. The lawsuit alleges that even when turned off, Google still saves people's data. Jonathan Hochman, an expert witness for the plaintiffs, provided a technical analysis of Google data collection in his video deposition. He contends that even Google insiders, including Sundar Pichai, misunderstand the WAA control.

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