Bono Mack had sent an invitation to chief executive Larry Page, but instead he sent deputy general counsel Mike Yang and public policy director Pablo Chavez to the closed-door meeting on Thursday. The meeting was restricted only to members of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.
The inquiry stems from a Google announcement last week that it will consolidate all its user agreements into one, all-encompassing privacy agreement. Starting March 1, Google will be able to follow a user across its services no matter how Google is accessed. Critics worry that there's no opting out of Google services, while Google says the new policy is not collecting any more data than it already does.
"The concern of Congress is how much active participation does a user have to do to protect their own privacy," Bono Mack told reporters, according to The Hill. She also said she plans to hold more privacy hearings this year, some that could focus squarely on Google. "There's a growing angst in the Congress about privacy — there's no question."