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Privacy Cannot be a ‘Luxury Good’, Says Google CEO Sundar Pichai

He also called on the US to introduce a new legislation for protecting users' data

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Google CEO, Sundar Pichai. Wikimedia.

Privacy cannot be a “luxury good” that’s only available to people who can afford to buy premium products and services, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said.

In an op-ed written for The New York Times, Pichai defended his company’s approach to privacy and users’ data.

“Privacy must be equally available to everyone in the world, Google’s approach is to make privacy more democratic,” Pichai wrote on Tuesday.

Google has been facing questions about the collection of its users’ location data.

“People today are rightly concerned about how their information is used and shared, yet they all define privacy in their own ways. I’ve seen this firsthand as I talk to people in different parts of the world.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Wikimedia

“Privacy is personal, which makes it even more vital for companies to give people clear, individual choices around how their data is used,” wrote Pichai.

At its annual I/O developer conference this week, Google has announced a slew of additional privacy and security tools for its users across products and platforms.

“For everyone” is a core philosophy for Google; it’s built into our mission to create products that are universally accessible and useful. That’s why Search works the same for everyone, whether you’re a professor at Harvard or a student in rural Indonesia,” Pichai noted.

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He also called on the US to introduce a new legislation for protecting users’ data.

“Legislation will help us work toward ensuring that privacy protections are available to more people around the world,” Pichai added. (IANS)

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Google Now Lets Users Order Food via Search, Maps, Assistant

Users can ask Google Assistant to repeat a previous order as well

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Saving people the trouble of having to download an additional app, Google is now letting users order food directly via Search, Maps, or Assistant using its partnerships with delivery companies.

Google has added a new “Order Online” button on Search and Maps which would appear when users would search for a supported restaurant, The Verge reported on Thursday.

Users can pick between pickup and delivery and select which service they want to order their food through.

If the restaurant supports it, the ordering selections would be made entirely through Google’s interface and Google Pay.

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Delivery man Ujjwal Singhal working with the food delivery app Swiggy carries an order to a customer in New Delhi, India, Feb. 6, 2019. (Representational image). VOA

Users can ask Google Assistant to repeat a previous order as well.

However, it remains unclear whether or not the feature would work on Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers or smart displays.

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The new functionality supports five different delivery services at launch – DoorDash, Postmates, Delivery.com, Slice, and ChowNow – and Google plans to add support for Zuppler and others in the future, the report added.

Recently, the search-engine giant revamped the Search interface for mobile with a new design that would help mobile users better understand which information is coming from where and what are they looking for. (IANS)