Watchdog tells Google to sort out their privacy policy... or else

5 July 2013

Google Popeye Privacy watchdogs in the UK, Germany and Italy have told Google to rewrite their privacy policy in Europe or else they'll get slapped with legal sanctions.

Google have already been harangued over their collection of data, with privacy authorities from European and the USA asking for clarification about data protection concerns regarding Google Glass. Everyone's worried that the search giant will be able to take pictures without users knowing. There's also the small matter of Google being implicated in the row about NSA's Prism program.

Now the Information Commissioner's Office in the UK says that the new privacy policy raises "serious questions" about compliance with the UK Data Protection Act. Over in the German equivalent, they say that the new policy "violates the company's commitment to full transparency about the use and handling of the data".

Google said in a statement: "Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services. We have engaged fully with the authorities involved throughout this process, and we'll continue to do so going forward."

The ICO said: "We believe that the updated policy does not provide sufficient information to enable UK users of Google's services to understand how their data will be used across all of the company's products. Google must now amend their privacy policy to make it more informative for individual service users."

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy

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