THE DIGEST: Privacy, Iran and Public Perception

Lauren Williams, staff writer | English major
There’s a lot going on in the world. Let us digest some of this week’s current events.

Google’s New Privacy Policy

Starting today Google will be implementing a new privacy policy.

Google is taking more than 60 privacy policies and combining them.  However, a few products–Google Chrome, Books, and Wallet–will continue to maintain their individual privacy policies.  This will allow for Google to access all of a person’s personal information in one location.

This means that Google will be able to take any information you enter into a Google product or the Google search engine and connect it to form a map of who you are.  This means Google can take information from your Gmail account and potentially correct the spelling of a friend’s name.  The new policy will also serve to tailor advertisements more specifically to a person.

The company has no doubt this is legal.  However, Larry Page, Google’s CEO, was told by The National Commission of Information and Liberties (CNIL), a French regulatory agency, that it violates the European Union’s strict data-protection rules.

Users have no choice as to whether or not Google uses this information.

There are steps you can take to prevent Google from using your information if this bothers you. Making sure you are logged out of all Google products will keep Google from associating you with the information you put into the search engine.

Iran’s Nuclear Threat

There are global concerns with regards to the advancements Iran is making in nuclear technology.

In a visit by Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, which ended on Tuesday, talks of Iran dominated discussions.  It is expected that Netanyahu will press President Barack Obama to take military action against Iran.  However, the U.S. is trying to persuade Israel to hold off on an attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

It is said that Israel is not sure whether they will strike or not.  If they do, it will have worldwide implications.  However, the U.S. believes that it will only delay Iran by a few years at best.

U.S. officials want to give diplomacy more time to work.  They are concerned that if Israel attacks Iran, it would entangle the U.S. in a new Middle East confrontation.

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Rick Santorum Changes Strategy

Although Rick Santorum is not looking to lose his hold on his Christian rhetoric, he is looking to change the public perception of who he is.

According to John Brabender, a prominent political consultant, “There’s a lot that’s written about Rick that he feels is not really who he is.”

Santorum is hoping to disprove the perception that he is obsessed with controversial social issues and is still clinging to outdated ideas about women.

As of right now, Santorum is hoping to prove himself as a candidate and show that he has what it takes to maintain his standing as one of the top-tier presidential candidates.

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