Ryan Radia, Information Policy Analyst, Competitive Enterprise Institute - Washington, D.C.
Don't overhype privacy fears on G1 USA TODAY's story on the G1 phone, which describes Google's "surveillance" capabilities, does not do justice to the relationship that online service providers need to maintain with their users ("Feel like someone's watching you?, " Cover story, Money, Monday).
A single privacy flub can send consumers fleeing from not only the G1 but also from Google's other online services. This is why Google maintains robust privacy safeguards.
Google's innovations in search, mail and other applications have helped make the Web a far more accessible and useful resource. Online users need to be careful with their information, but hyping privacy fears is unwarranted.
Original text can be found here: http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/02/dont-overhype-p.html#more