Update February 1, 2015

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Google agrees privacy policy changes with data watchdog


Google's privacy policy was found to be "too vague"

Google’s privacy policy was found to be “too vague”

1 February 2015, Nirapad News: 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”.

why Google decided to change its privacy policy

why Google decided to change its privacy policy

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”.

Google has until 30 June 2015 to implement the changes and it is believed it will roll out a single policy across the European Union in order to satisfy each of the regulators that opened investigations.

It has also dropped appeals related to investigations being undertaken by the French and Spanish watchdogs.
A Google spokesman said: “We’re pleased that the ICO has decided to close its investigation. We have agreed improvements to our privacy policy and will continue to work constructively with the Commissioner and his team in the future.”

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