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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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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 Brings New Feature Called ‘Focus Mode’ For Android Devices

Focus mode is available on all devices that currently have Digital Wellbeing and parental controls settings, including new phones launching with Android 9 and Android 10

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Focus mode is a new Digital Wellbeing tool on Google Android, now out of beta, that helps you get things done by temporarily pausing apps so you can focus on the task at hand. Pixabay

Google has introduced a new feature ‘Focus Mode’ for Android devices designed to prevent its users from being consistently distracted by their smartphone.

The feature allows users to turn off distractions – like social media updates or email notifications – for a period of time, so a user can get things done without interruption.

Focus mode was first announced at Google’s developer conference in the summer as part of Android Q/10.

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Google has introduced a new feature ‘Focus Mode’ for Android devices designed to prevent its users from being consistently distracted by their smartphone. Pixabay

“Focus mode is a new Digital Wellbeing tool on Android, now out of beta, that helps you get things done by temporarily pausing apps so you can focus on the task at hand. You can select apps you currently find distracting (like social media or games) and if you try to open them, Focus mode will remind you that app is paused.

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“Focus mode will also silence those apps’ notifications until you are ready to switch out of the mode,” Dayson Pais Product Manager, Android said in a statement on Wednesday.

Focus mode is available on all devices that currently have Digital Wellbeing and parental controls settings, including new phones launching with Android 9 and Android 10. (IANS)