Under the new policy, scheduled to go into effect on March 1, the company will collect and compile information to create a profile of users based on their activity across all its various sites and tools including Google search, Gmail, Google+ and phones running on its Android operating system.
Below is the full text of the letter...
February 22, 2012
Mr. Larry Page
Chief Executive Officer
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
Dear Mr. Page:
This invasion of privacy will be costly for many users to escape. For users who rely on Google products for their business - a use that Google has actively promoted(1)- avoiding this information sharing may mean moving their entire business over to different platforms, reprinting any business cards or letterhead that contained Gmail addresses, re-training employees on web-based sharing and calendar services, and more. The problem is compounded for the many federal, state, and local government agencies that have transitioned to Google Apps for 1-http://www.google.com/services/. Government at the encouragement of your company, (2) and that now will need to spend taxpayer dollars determining how this change affects the security of their information and whether they need to switch to different platforms.
3 -Apple beat Google smartphones in U.S., Reuters, Jan. 25, 2012, available at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/25/apple-google-microsoft-idUSL5E8CO4QP20120125.
5- http://www.google.com/about/corporate/company/privacy_principles.html (Principle 4).
Unfortunately, Google has not only failed to provide an "opt-in" option, but has failed to provide meaningful "opt-out" options as well.
Given all of our serious concerns, and given our obligation to protect consumers within our states, we request to meet with you as soon as possible to work toward a solution that will best protect the privacy needs of those who use Google's products. We look forward to your response no later than Wednesday, February 29, 2012. If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler or Attorney General Robert McKenna.
Douglas F. Gansler, Maryland Attorney General
Rob McKenna, Washington Attorney General
Tom Horne, Arizona Attorney General
Dustin McDaniel, Arkansas Attorney General
Kamala Harris, California Attorney General
George Jepsen, Connecticut Attorney General
Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, Delaware Attorney General
Irvin Nathan, Washington DC Attorney General
Lenny Rapadas, Guam Attorney General
Bruce B. Kim, Executive Director, Hawaii Office of Consumer protection
David Louie, Hawaii Attorney General
Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General4
Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General
Tom Miller, Iowa Attorney General
Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General
Jack Conway, Kentucky Attorney General
William J. Schneider, Maine Attorney General
Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Attorney General
Bill Schuette, Michigan Attorney General
Lori Swanson, Minnesota Attorney General
Jim Hood, Mississippi Attorney General
Steve Bullock, Montana Attorney General
Michael Delaney, New Hampshire Attorney General
Gary King, New Mexico Attorney General
Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General
Roy Cooper, North Carolina Attorney General
Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota Attorney General
Edward T. Buckingham, Northern Mariana Islands Attorney General
Linda L. Kelly, Pennsylvania Attorney General
Guillermo Somoza-Colombani, Puerto Rico Attorney General
Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Attorney General
Marty J. Jackley, South Dakota Attorney General
Robert E. Cooper, JR, Tennessee Attorney General
Greg Abbot, Texas Attorney General5
Mark Shurtleff, Utah Attorney General
William H. Sorrell, Vermont Attorney General
Vincent Frazer, Virgin Islands Attorney General
The State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection is an agency which is not part of the state Attorney General's Office, but which is statutorily authorized to undertake consumer protection functions, including legal representation of the State of Hawaii.
Here is the letter (PDF) from National Association of Attorneys General to Google CEO, Larry Page