Opinion | Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet - The New York Times


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Endringer i Googles personvernbruksvilkår siden 1999 kan leses som internetthistorie. NYTimes har undersøkt
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7 days ago by kongharald
The late 1990s was a simpler time for Google. The nascent company was merely a search engine, and Gmail, Android and YouTube were but glimmers in the startup’s eye. Google’s first privacy policy reflected that simplicity.
8 days ago by jayhoffmann
How a nascent search engine became a tech behemoth, one edit at a time.
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9 days ago by geetarista
Charlie Warzel:
<p>The late 1990s was a simpler time for Google. The nascent company was merely a search engine, and Gmail, Android and YouTube were but glimmers in the startup’s eye. Google’s first privacy policy reflected that simplicity. It was short and earnest, a quaint artifact of a different time in Silicon Valley, when Google offered 600 words to explain how it was collecting and using personal information.

That version of the internet (and Google) is gone. Over the past 20 years, that same privacy policy has been rewritten into a sprawling 4,000-word explanation of the company’s data practices.

This evolution, across two decades and 30 versions, is the story of the internet’s transformation through the eyes of one of its most crucial entities. The web is now terribly complex, and Google has a privacy policy to match.</p>


The visuals for this - because it is done through visuals - are lovely, but also telling. The longer the privacy policy, the less private you are to the company.
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9 days ago by charlesarthur
Opinion | Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet via Instapaper https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/10/opinion/google-privacy-policy.html
10 days ago by ravivyas
this is just wild to see in visual form:

Google’s 4,000-Word
Privacy Policy Is a Secret
History of the Internet:
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10 days ago by tlafleur
Charting how Google's privacy policy has changed since 1999, when it was a mere 600 words, until now, when it's 4,000 words, and what it says about the internet
10 days ago by joeo10
Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet Opinion The Privacy Project Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the…
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10 days ago by artlung
Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet: The late 1990s was a simpler time for Google. The nascent company was merely a search engine, and Gmail, Android and YouTube were but glimmers in the startup’s eye. Google’s first privacy policy reflected that simplicity. via Pocket, added at:July 10, 2019 at 03:55PM
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10 days ago by LordEnzo
This evolution, across two decades and 30 versions, is the story of the internet’s transformation through the eyes of one of its most crucial entities. The web is now terribly complex, and Google has a privacy policy to match.
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11 days ago by leolaporte
Google's first privacy policy was 600 words. 20 years later, it's 4,000. What happened in between is, in many ways, the story of the internet. So we tracked it.…
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11 days ago by mathewi
Looking at Google's policy from 1999 to now
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11 days ago by nelson
"“Your search query, your keystrokes, your voice imprint and face in a Google Chat video chat, your sent emails in Gmail — those are all pieces of content that you have submitted to their Services,” he said. “This was how we all ‘consented” without having a clue that we had done so.”
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11 days ago by davewsmith