Google, however, told the group that it would not comply with that rule.
Larry Page, the company’s co-founder, didn’t want a privacy link “on that beautiful clean home page,” said one executive at a Google competitor who is involved in reviewing Google’s N.A.I. application. (The executive didn’t want his name used because the applications are meant to be considered privately.)
“His argument is when you come to Google and you are looking for information, it is that big fat box” for search and little else, the executive said.
Indeed, Steve Langdon, a Google spokesman, reiterated this view to me in an e-mail after I asked about the matter:
We do believe that having very limited text on our home page is important and that is something we have shared with the N.A.I.
So I took a look at the Google home page (I rarely go there preferring to use the search box in browser, hardwired to Google I might add. Yo! Steve J. remind me how I can change that? I can’t!! Well that sux).
Anyway on the Google home page there are three links at the bottom of the page as follows:
Advertising Programs – Business Solutions – About Google
How hard would it be to do this:
I am not sure that this would add clutter, after all there are three ‘clutter’ links on the home page already (to the right of the search box, I bet you have not used them in a blue moon):
I think it would be good (googley?) for Google to take the moral high road here and take this opportunity to pre-empt yet more controversy over its privacy policies by making it really easy to get to them.