New Google privacy policies include logging specific phone call info
New poster to the Lounge so please forgive any blunders I may make :rolleyes:
I reviewed the current policy regarding logging and retention of communications and found where Google has already told users that data regarding SMS texting including the actual message could be logged and retained. No surprise that SMS message are logged, at least to me.
However, in the new policy Google seems to keep a lot more information about the actual phone calls you make and receive. Read the following except from the policy:
When you use our services or view content provided by Google, we may
automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This may include:
End of excerpt
- details of how you used our service, such as your search queries.
- telephony log information like your phone number, calling-party number,
forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing
information and types of calls.
- Internet protocol address.
- device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware
settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and
- cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Google Account.
I followed a link regarding how to get personal info out of Google products but found no mention of a way to purge such data from server logs and I beleive only Google could do that anyway. So with one of the main points of the new policy being that it will apply to all Google products and also allow sharing of such information across all 61 major Google products. My paranoia meter is pegging out.
Am I overreacting?