Google has vowed to improve data security
Google has said it is taking privacy concerns very seriously and vowed to improve data security for customers of its online services and Android devices.
Chairman Eric Schmidt said Android phone owners will get clearer and more simplified data sharing settings on their handsets.
Doubts have been raised over the privacy and security on Android devices, with lawmakers in the US questioning Google over the gathering of location data through the operating system.
Besides the improvements for Android, Google has also promised internet users new options to give them greater control over information they chose to share online.
"In general we take the position that you own your data and should be able to opt in or out of a service," Mr Schmidt told delegates at a conference in Hertfordshire.
He said the company is working on a series of new tools to boost transparency.
Among the projects is an option for the Google Dashboard, enabling users to see the data they are sharing with the company.
Mr Schmidt added: "It is worth stressing that we can only do this with data you have shared with Google. We can't be a vacuum-cleaner for the whole internet."
Copyright Press Association 2011