Ask.com Adds a Direct Link to its Privacy Policy! Easing the Privacy Watchdogs' Concerns!

Jun 19, 2008 | 52,087 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Ask.com has announced. that it has added a direct link to its privacy policy via a "Privacy" link conveniently placed on its homepage, thus, easing the growing concerns of the privacy watchdogs. This would ensure that whosoever wants to know about the company's privacy policy would be able to do so, with the help of the direct link.

Google has been facing some legal concerns from privacy organizations and privacy advocates, as they want Google to establish a direct link to its privacy policy via the homepage.

Here is the Press Release from Ask.com in this regard:

An Open Letter to the Web Community and our Users:

“Several weeks ago, a group of privacy advocates contacted a major company in the search marketplace, requesting some key changes to its website to make weblinks to its privacy policy more accessible and conspicuous. This included placing a "Privacy" link directly on the homepage that would, in one click, serve up the company's privacy policy to the user.

In their June 3rd letter requesting the change, the privacy groups stated that such a move represents "…a commitment by a commercial website to inform users about the company's privacy practices."

Ask.com agrees.

At Ask, we take our commitment to user privacy and data protection very seriously. We've demonstrated this not just through words, but through deeds and actions. We were the first major search company to announce that we would be placing privacy tools directly in the hands of our users, as we said we would do in July 2007. Then, we did it: we launched AskEraser in December 2007. Ask remains the only major search company to develop and deploy a privacy protection tool that that empowers web users to make decisions as to data retention by Ask. The AskEraser tool is right there on our homepage, a one-step mechanism to deleting a users' search data from Ask.com servers.

Now, we're going several steps further.

As of today, Ask.com has added a direct link to our privacy policy via a "Privacy" link prominently placed right on our homepage. It is only one of four non-search related weblinks on our homepage. We've also made sure that the "Privacy" link appears on the landing pages across most of Ask's verticals as well, which cover almost all of Ask's search traffic.

In addition to this important and timely step, Ask has also added a conspicuous link to our privacy policy right on our Ask "About" page, which is one click off our homepage.

At the same time, we realized we can – and should – do more to inform our users about the importance of privacy on Ask, and in general on the web. And we have. We are developing and finalizing two separate Ask "Smart Answer" search results pages, so when a user goes to Ask.com and types in "Ask Privacy" or "Privacy" in the search box, they will get served up a specially designed, robust, and comprehensive results page that is a one-stop shop of answers on both Ask's privacy policies and actions (including AskEraser), as well as on privacy in general.

No one required that we take any of these steps. We took a look at our webpages, and realized we could make some key improvements when it came to privacy links on our service. It's simply the right thing to do for the information and awareness of our users.

We strongly encourage others in the search marketplace and online industry to do the same.

Regards,

The Ask.com Team “

However, the question here is whether Google, the search industry behemoth, would follow suite and mar its famous 'White Page' with another link!

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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