@juliaangwin: Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

[Editor Charlie sez: Don’t forget that the Copyright Office under former Register Maria Pallante proposed giving creators the right to remove personally identifiable information from the Library of Congress data feed that is sold to Google and Amazon and used to stiff songwriters on royalties.  Comments were due the week that Register Pallante was fired by Carla Hayden, the Obama Librarian of Congress.  The proposed rule received significant negative comments from data resellers, including Music Reports]

When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.”

And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts.

But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools.

The change is enabled by default for new Google accounts. Existing users were prompted to opt-in to the change this summer.

Read the post on ProPublica