Why Google+ feared the "tin-foil-hat" privacy brigade

Google reportedly backed away from CEO Larry Page's planned privacy "slider" -- a tool that would have allowed users to select privacy options on a sliding scale -- after realizing that the tool's "tin-foil-hat option" for maximum privacy would have conflicted with Google+'s data-collecting and -sharing strategy. Still, the company is still working behind the scenes to find ways to balance privacy and information sharing, officials said.

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