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Summary Box: Google contest raises privacy worries

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By Virginia Mayo By Virginia Mayo

THE PROBLEM: Google Inc. asked parents to provide the final four digits of their children's Social Security number to enter an annual contest to draw the company's logo. The request raised privacy concerns.

THE SOLUTION: After some people expressed concerns, Google stopped asking for the partial Social Security numbers on a revised form. The change was made Feb. 18, about halfway through the two-month entry period ending March 16.

THE BACKLASH: The about-face hasn't squashed questions about whether Google is doing enough to ensure its employees are more sensitive about the privacy concerns looming over the Internet's most powerful company.

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