Google Privacy Panned by Watchdog Group

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google gets a failing grade for privacy. A consumer watchdog group issued a report yesterday saying Google has the worst privacy practices of any top Internet destination.

Privacy International gave the company the lowest possible grade: one; a grade it reserves for companies with - quote - "comprehensive consumer surveillance and entrenched hostility to privacy."

The group was particularly troubled by Google's ability to match data gathered by its search engine with information collected from other services such as e-mail and instant messaging.

Google said it aggressively protects user privacy and calls the report inaccurate.

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