Google faces increased scrutiny because of its approach to consumer privacy, said Thursday it will open in the communal networking site for youth, matching competitors procedure such as Facebook and MySpace.
With effect from 1 March, the company will pursue the activities of users when moving across the company's websites, including YouTube, the popular Gmail and main search site. The company said the change would apply only to users who are signed in to Google accounts.
Under the new policy, said Google it can track the activities of young people as they browse company's Web sites and withdraw this information together in a coherent manner on the Internet.
"With Google +, we want to help young people build useful links on the Internet," A Google's Vice President Mr. Bradley Horowitz wrote in a blog post. The decision to lower the minimum age to 13 resulted in adolescent users demand, according to the company.
Lawmakers wrote, "we believe that consumers should have the ability to opt out of data collection when they are uncomfortable with the conditions of service of the company, they should be able to exercise that option is simple and direct."
Separately, Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., Thursday the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the new policy violates the recent agreement to privacy. Google settlement last summer filed complaint with FTC, who accused that the company violated the privacy of consumers by exposing the Gmail contact list for users of social network Google buzz disbanded.
Google is 90 million users on Google (plus) compared with 800 million of Facebook. In criticism of rivals, Horowitz wrote in a blog post that the competing systems do not adequately protect users from oversharing, can destroy reputations privacy proponents and exposure to predators and bullying on the Internet.
He said young people on Google (plus) can create custom communications services for the exchange of information, such as images and links and other content only to specific friends. These circles of contacts make it difficult for information leakage to the public, he said.
Before a teen share something publicly, sites that encourage user to stop and think harder about the decision to post.
Horowitz said "Sadly, the most popular online tools on rigid and brittle which comparison, even teens ultimately oversharing with so-called friends,"
Minimum age 13 sets by facebook and enables users to prevent personal information from becoming public. Consumer reports has reported more than the estimated 7 million
users of facebook are under 13 in violation of the agreement. u.s.
"It was clear how Google will work but how good 13-14-or 15-year-old to understand?" said Alan Simpson, Vice President of common sense media, call for the safety of children online.