Google Says It Has Found Religion on Privacy

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google, the company that may know the most about our digital lives, is now preaching the gospel of privacy.

Speaking at an annual conference for developers on Tuesday, Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, delivered a message that seemed cognizant of today’s consumer privacy concerns but out of step with the company’s history of intensive online data collection.

“We think privacy is for everyone — not just for the few,” Mr. Pichai said. “We want to do more to stay ahead of constantly evolving user expectations.”

Google introduced a set of tools spanning a range of its products to provide users with more control over their data and make it more difficult to track their online activities.

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