Google agrees privacy policy changes with data watchdog

Google agrees privacy policy changes with data watchdog

Google has agreed to rewrite its privacy policy after pressure from the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.

The firm must make it easier for users to find out how their data is collected and what it is used for and submit to a two-year review.

The deal follows an investigation by the regulator. Similar reviews are continuing elsewhere in Europe.

It is understood that Google will seek to strike a similar deal with other European regulators.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found that Google was “too vague when describing how it uses personal data gathered from its web services and products”.


The regulator – along with its continental counterparts – began looking into the Mountain View firm after its controversial privacy policy update in March 2012, which combined 70 existing documents.

It was joined by other data regulators, which form the European Article 29 Data Protection Working Party.

The head of France’s privacy watchdog pictured in 2012 as she ordered Google to fix its privacy policy or face legal action

Following the investigation, Google has agreed to ensure that its privacy policy is more accessible and redesign its account settings feature to allow users to find its controls more easily.

It will also provide “unambiguous and comprehensive information regarding data processing, including an exhaustive list of the types of data processed by Google and the purposes for which data is processed”.




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