Google recently consolidated 60 of their terms of service documents into one single policy that will function across all of their services including Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Google+. The Article 29 Working Party and the EU’s executive European Commission said that they needed to examine Google’s privacy policies, which are expected to implemented on March 1st.
Google was surprised by the European Union’s reaction. “We briefed most of the members of the working party in the weeks leading up to our announcement,” stated Google Brussels spokesman Al Verney. “None of them expressed substantial concerns at the time, but of course we’re happy to speak with any data protection authority that has questions.” Google’s privacy policies outline what information the company collects from their millions of users, why it is collected, and how it is used. Google is also currently being investigated for how the company ranks its search results.