Date
21 October 2017
Google has agreed to improve its privacy policy following pressure from a UK data protection watchdog. Photo: Bloomberg
Google has agreed to improve its privacy policy following pressure from a UK data protection watchdog. Photo: Bloomberg

Google to change UK privacy policy amid regulatory pressure

Google Inc. has agreed to improve the information it provides to people about how it collects personal data in the UK, after a regulator determined that the internet giant’s privacy policy was too vague, Reuters reported.

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office was quoted as saying Friday that Google has agreed to sign a “formal undertaking” that it will make the changes by June 30 and take further steps in the next two years.

The data protection watchdog had raised concerns over a policy implemented by Google in March 2012 that consolidated some 70 existing privacy policies into one and pooled data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and its social network Google+.

Regulators in Spain and France have fined Google 900,000 euros (US$1.02 million) and 150,000 euros respectively over the privacy policy, the report noted.

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