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Google’s hidden breach could be regulatory tipping point

Joe Mont | October 9, 2018

Don’t be evil? 

Google executives might want to think about updating their old motto to: “Don’t be dumb.”

For a tech giant that attracts the best and brightest of Silicon Valley, there has been a pile-up of bad decisions—not the least of which was concealing a March data breach from regulators, a poorly rationalized move that may ultimately have implications that reach far beyond the company’s Mountain View campus.

There is plenty of talk, especially in the halls of Congress, that a national law governing consumer privacy protections is needed and overdue. Thanks to Google’s recent headlines, lawmakers must certainly be even more empowered to consider what Silicon Valley fears most: a regime that moves ever closer to Europe’s strict General Data Protection Regulation.

The hidden breach

Were it not for the media attention that accompanied it, one might have interpreted an ...

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