Google Hits Bottom on Accountability
The Financial Times reports that Google is bottom of a league table on openness and accountability and needs to sharply improve transparency towards customers and staff.
The ranking is part of the Global Accountability Report 2007 by One World Trust, which examines the accountability standards of 30 companies, intergovernmental organisations and civil society pressure groups.
"We were surprised about Google's result,” said author Robert Lloyd.
Google "is not addressing the privacy and other issues that are concerning many customers," he added.
“They did not co-operate [with the report] and on some policy issues, such as transparency towards customers, they have no publicly available information at all."
The Financial times claimed “a person close to Google” said the company was unable to respond to the large number of requests it received to participate in surveys. No official comment was available.
Top performers identified by the report, include the United Nations Development Programme, the Christian Aid development charity and General Electric.
Other poor performers were PricewaterhouseCoopers International, the auditing and consulting company, and Interpol, the international police agency.
The report assesses transparency towards the public and staff; mechanisms for staff and external stakeholders to participate in decision-making; whether organisations have mechanisms to evaluate the social, environmental and other impacts of their work; and whether there are mechanisms to respond to complaints.
The Financial Times/Search Engine Room: December 6, 2007
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