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buy canada goose jacket cheap But as Facebook has taken it on the chin over the way it has handled the personal information of its users, the leaders of other tech companies have demonstrated that even in publicity hungry Silicon Valley, it is entirely possible for billionaire executives and their sprawling empires to keep a low profile.

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[2 days, 10 hours, 600 questions: Read about what happened when Mark Zuckerberg went to Washington.]

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canadian goose jacket Mr. Zuckerberg did not get a chance to say much more about Facebook’s industry peers this week. Canada Goose Outlet Over two days of hearings, Google was referenced 11 times by lawmakers. Twitter was mentioned 10 times and Amazon once. Apple was mentioned three times, mostly in passing.

Google employees said they had not received explicit orders from management to canada goose clearance keep a low profile because most already understood the risk. One employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because workers were not allowed to speak publicly on canada goose black friday sale the issue, said there was an understanding inside Google that the company was the obvious next target.

canada goose store In a statement, Aaron Stein, a Google spokesman, said the company was “completely focused on protecting uk canada goose outlet our users’ data” and “will take action” if it found evidence of “deceptive behavior or misuse Canada Goose Jackets of personal data.”

canada goose clearance Google has been criticized even fined for its privacy practices over the years. It paid a $17 million fine to settle a case when canada goose uk outlet it bypassed privacy settings in cheap canada goose uk Apple’s Safari browser to track users and show them canada goose uk black friday advertisements in 2011 and 2012. It also got dinged for scooping up people’s passwords, email and other personal information during its Street View mapping project.

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Google is staying on the sidelines in other ways. Four canada goose clearance sale days before Mr. Zuckerberg canada goose uk shop was set to testify, Facebook surprised many in Washington when it endorsed the Honest Ads Act, a Senate bill that would require more Canada Goose online transparency and stricter rules for political ads on the internet. Facebook’s endorsement was a reversal from its previous opposition, said a spokeswoman for one of the bill’s co sponsors, Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia.

Canada Goose online Mr. Warner and Canada Goose sale another co sponsor, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, called on Twitter and Google to also back the bill. Twitter quickly responded with an endorsement. Google has not taken a public position.

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