Microsoft attacks Google’s privacy record

With the release of the new web browser Google Chrome, the California-based technology group is taking on software giant Microsoft head on.

With the release of the new web browser Google Chrome, the California-based technology group is taking on software giant Microsoft head on.

But a Microsoft executive says there is one area that Google is nearly a decade behind – privacy.

Peter Cullen, Microsoft’s chief privacy strategist, told ZDNet Australia: “Google’s a great company, got some great products, but you know in some respects I think Google is where Microsoft was seven or 10 years ago.”

Cullen says Google has not invested enough resources into solving privacy issues, and “desperately hopes” it change its practices.

“Microsoft has over 40 full-time people invested in privacy and over 400 part-time people. Google hasn’t – at least from what I read about them – evolved to that,” he says. “We think about privacy as part of the core design…We have thought about how to design privacy into the product, as opposed to how to react to the negative impressions.”

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