Many people (even the world) are taking this the wrong way. Google is very public with respect to their privacy policies in contrast to the secretive changes and management at other sites (e.g. Facebook, Yahoo, etc.). Consider that Facebook didn’t even move forward and use encrypted transmissions when Fireshark launched. Even Apple Computer was recently found to be secretly tracking people’s location (you’ll have to look up Fireshark and Apple’s location tracking.
A few years ago Time magazine featured Google on the cover of their magazine with the highly misleading title of whether we can trust Google with our information. This came at a time when the other search engines readily handed over their search logs to the U.S. Government in response to a subpoena by the Bush administration. Google was the only company that refused to protect their user’s rights. Shortly thereafter my mom asked me what I thought of Google as she had seen the cover and now questioned Google’s integrity yet she still thought highly of her Yahoo. Was this responsible reporting by Time magazine?