Why does Google have to make your search data private?
POLITICO, NEW YORK — A Google trademark office employee said on Monday that a company lawyer, who she did not identify, said Google has to make every search data “public” or else it could be used against the search company.
The statement, issued by Google’s trademark office in New York, did not specify what the lawyer was referring to.
Google declined to comment.
The spokeswoman said the trademark office will work to get Google to agree to a public disclosure of search results.
The search giant is one of several major companies that have recently faced scrutiny for the way it tracks search traffic, using cookies and other technologies to collect and analyze information.
The company has said it will make search data public in a matter of days.
The privacy issue came to light after the company began removing some of the data, saying it did not have the resources to remove all of it.
The technology company has argued that privacy is important and that its business model is based on its customers’ search data.
A number of technology companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Google, have also said they would be willing to help Google improve its privacy practices, though it has been difficult to achieve such a commitment.
The issue has been a major focus of Congress, which has passed laws designed to curb privacy violations by Google and other technology companies.
The Justice Department has been investigating Google for a number of privacy violations, including spying on users and violating a law prohibiting false advertising.
Google has denied wrongdoing and said it does not track users’ search behavior.
Google also says it does provide search results, and it has said its products and services are not tied to the search data it collects.