Google Plants Itself Behind International Privacy Framework

After months of European criticism of its privacy policies and as it crosses fingers the US Federal Trade Commission will green-light its DoubleClick acquisition despite similar concerns, Google (Nasdaq:GOOG) is today backing a new international standard for how companies should protect users’ data privacy. At a Unesco meeting on ethics in Strasbourg, France, Google’s privacy counsel Peter Fleischer was due to endorse the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Privacy Framework (full document here), which was approved by member governments in 2004 and focuses on “preventing harm” to users

Fleischer last night (via CNET “We need to work together to create minimum global standards partly by law and partly by self-regulation. Other countries have an ideological bent. .. APEC has a pragmatic focus on privacy harms… not abstractions.”

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