Google has set the revolution, led the revolution and might kill the revolution. That’s what is predicted from the latest Google Privacy Policy woes. UK has asked the search engine (a bigger state entity indeed!!) to revisit few of the privacy provisions in terms of the UK Data Protection laws. Brazil have issued notice on them stating direct infringement of the privacy of their individuals, while other non-US state entities are increasingly worried of protecting their privacy than protecting their citizens. India which does not have a Privacy or a Data Protection policy of its own, still owes allegiance to the Supreme Court rulings on Privacy as a constitutional and fundamental right. The Indian Government has now approved the privacy policy without any riders The latest censure notice by the Government on Google, Facebook, Yahoo etc, had created enough virtual criticism to the government, that Kapil Sibal, IT Minister had to retract and rely on safe harbour principles. The Indian case scenario is interesting for the matter that, as a sovereign, secular democratic republic, censure let alone screening is really difficult in the democratic setup. At the same time, overzealous citizens might cry foul on any one incident of privacy intrusion that can happen. From phone tapping to Overhead cameras in traffic junctions, the matter has been debated and discussed with no specific conclusions typical of a democratic setup. Google privacy policy therefore might not stir as much debate as Radia tapes or Wikileaks. Even if one feels impinged or infringed, he will have to read up US and EU decisions on data privacy and protection, as Google is subject to US jurisdiction. He will get a feel on how difficult it would be to damage Google’s goggles.

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