Long Time Coming
Google had initially caused controversy back in January 2012 when it said that it would merge all of its privacy policies for all its different services, into one single policy document.
Over the years Google has worked with authorities since the change, but has been fined by the French regulator for example for ignoring a three-month deadline imposed in September 2013 when it was ordered to clean up its data privacy policies. The German regulator has also fined Google.
Further steps will be undertaken over the next two years as well.
“This undertaking marks a significant step forward following a long investigation and extensive dialogue,” said Steve Eckersley, head of enforcement at the ICO. “Google’s commitment today to make these necessary changes will improve the information UK consumers receive when using their online services and products.”
“Whilst our investigation concluded that this case hasn’t resulted in substantial damage and distress to consumers, it is still important for organisations to properly understand the impact of their actions and the requirement to comply with data protection law,” said Eckersley. “Ensuring that personal data is processed fairly and transparently is a key requirement of the Act.”
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