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Take the Google TV Privacy Policy Pop Quiz

November 19, 2010

You've just set up your brand, spankin' new Google TV-capable Sony high-definition digital television set that you received for Christmas or Hannukah, and you're ready to hit the "Quick Search" bar to start exploring the vast world of content now at your fingertips.

While your $1400, 46-inch widescreen toy might look and act like a TV, don't be fooled. It's actually a sophisticated computer (which happens to display football games and other programming) that runs on a powerful Intel chip and Android software that is automatically updated via the Internet.

You glanced at the privacy policy (see earlier post) and think you know what it says. So now it's time to test your knowledge about the data that Google TV does - and doesn't - collect about you. That's right, you're ready for a pop quiz:

1) Google TV knows that a user is watching television and can store this information.
True ( ) False ( )

2) The privacy policy applies to non-Google products available through Google TV. True ( ) False ( )

3) If Google TV were to track your TV viewing history, it would first require your consent. True ( ) False ( )

4) It's not possible to delete your browsing history from Google TV. True ( ) False ( )

5) Non-personal data about query terms and page requests can be collected and stored. True ( ) False ( )

6) When using "incognito mode," Google can't monitor your TV viewing. True ( )
False ( )

Congratulations. You've now completed the Google TV Privacy Policy Pop Quiz. The correct answers are at the bottom.

For more information about the growing debate over the implications of Google TV, see the latest issue of National Journal magazine (subscription required).

1. T
2. F
3. T
4. F
5 .T
6. .***This is a trick question because incognito mode is not yet available for TV viewing. The right answer is "not applicable."

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