A new privacy service from Google’s self-driving division is getting serious pushback from the tech industry, with the American Civil Liberties Union calling it a “dangerous precedent.”
“Google is trying to build a new system that allows companies to track individuals in order to target ads against them, with some privacy concerns about the way this would work and what could be done with the information,” said Jameel Jaffer, the deputy legal director for the ACLU.
“The ACLU will fight to keep this system out of our hands.”
Google has previously said that it would not share data about how its self-driven cars navigate or respond to pedestrians and cyclists.
But the ACLU has questioned how such data is stored and whether it’s properly anonymized.
The ACLU has called on Google to create a mechanism to provide users with a way to block their personal information from being collected and shared.
Google has already offered such a tool, but it’s currently not available in its own privacy settings.
The new service would give the company the ability to monitor its self drives as they drive around cities, as well as in public spaces.
Google’s privacy guidelines say that it will not track the location of users.
But privacy advocates say it would also allow Google to track the activity of pedestrians, cyclists, and other users in its self driving cars.
The privacy service would also have to comply with a host of existing privacy rules, including the ones on data privacy and disclosure, according to the ACLU’s Jaffer.
It is unclear whether the privacy service will be rolled out to any other self-made companies, or whether it will be built into existing apps.
The privacy service is currently only available for Android and Chrome browsers.