慢速英语:Google Faces Heat Over New Privacy Policy

Source: VOA    2012-02-06   English BBS   Favorite  
This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.

Google is preparing for changes in its privacy policy beginning March first. The company says it plans to replace more than sixty separate policies for different products with one main policy.

Privacy activists criticized last month's announcement. They are concerned that the new policy will make it easier to track the activities of users across Google's many products -- from Gmail to YouTube.

Marc Rotenberg heads the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington. He says Google's aim is to create a single unified profile of its users.
Marc Rotenberg是位于华盛顿的美国电子隐私信息中心负责人。他说,Google的目标是为用户建立统一的个人资料。

MARC ROTENBERG: "We believe that not only is that a threat to privacy, we actually believe it is illegal, because last year Google entered into an agreement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in which they said they would not engage in that kind of data sharing without the explicit permission of their users."
MARC ROTENBERG:“我们相信它是对隐私的一个威胁,更确信它是非法的。因为Google去年与美国联邦贸易委员会达成一项协议。在协议中,Google表示在获得用户明确许可前不会分享这些数据。”

Google says its new policy will make it simpler for users to share information across services like Google Search, Gmail and Google Calendar. And it says the new policy will help personalize each user’s experience. Over time, it says, users can expect to see better search results, fewer unwanted advertisements and more content targeted to their interests.

But Marc Rotenberg says in return, people who choose to use Google will lose control over the information they share.
但是Marc Rotenberg表示,作为回报,选择使用Google的人们将失去他们共享的信息的控制权。

MARC ROTENBERG: "The type of information you might provide for an e-mail service, for example, such as your address book, which contains private information, is different from the type of information that you might provide for a social network service where people purposely make information publicly available to their friends."  Mr. Rotenberg says these two kinds of services should be kept separate.
MARC ROTENBERG:“你可能对电子邮件服务提供的此类信息,例如你的地址簿,其中包含了私人信息。这与你为社交网络服务提供的这类信息是有区别的。社交网络服务中,那里的人故意将信息公开给他们的朋友。”  Rotenberg先生说,这两种服务应该区别对待。

MARC ROTENBERG: "By trying to combine these two services, in our view, Google is actually undermining a very well established expectation of privacy, particularly for popular Internet services like electronic mail."
MARC ROTENBERG:“在我们看来,Google试图结合这两项服务,实际上是在破坏对隐私建立的良好期望,特别是对受欢迎网络服务,如电子邮件。”

Critics also see a bigger problem with Google's new policy. The plan would not give users a choice to "opt-out" of the data sharing.

MARC ROTENBERG: "In our view, if people want to make their personal information available, they certainly should have the right to do that. What we’re objecting to is the effort by the company to take away from the users that choice that they should have. That just seems unfair."
MARC ROTENBERG:“我们认为,如果人们想公开他们的个人信息,他们当然有权力这么做。我们反对的是该公司剥夺了用户应该有的选择。这似乎是不公平的。”

Google says it will not be collecting any more data than it does now. And it says users will still be able to control many privacy settings. For example, they can disable their search history and set Gmail chat to "off the record."
谷歌表示,不会收集任何比现在更多的数据。 它还表示,用户将任然可以控制选择隐私设置。例如,他们可以禁用自己的搜索历史,并将Gmail聊天设置为“关闭记录。”

European Union officials have asked the company to delay the new policy to make sure it would not violate any E.U. data protection laws. Marc Rotenberg thinks the Federal Trade Commission in Washington might also try to block the new policy.
欧盟官员已经要求该公司推迟新的政策,以确保它不会违反欧盟数据保护法律。Marc Rotenberg认为,华盛顿的美国联邦贸易委员会也可能会试图阻止该新政策。

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