UK Information Commissioner Office Warns Google About Privacy Policy

Posted Jul 5, 2013

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has warned Google to change their privacy policy before September 20th, otherwise they will take “formal enforcement action.”  Google currently has one privacy policy that is used across multiple services like Gmail, YouTube, and Google+.  The Commissioner’s Office says that there is no option for users to opt out and they believe that the policy does not comply with the UK Data Protection Act.

“We have today written to Google to confirm our findings relating to the update of the company?s privacy policy. In our letter we confirm that its updated privacy policy raises serious questions about its compliance with the UK Data Protection Act,” stated an ICO spokesperson.  ?In particular, we believe that the updated policy does not provide sufficient information to enable UK users of Google?s services to understand how their data will be used across all of the company?s products.”

Several political offices in France and Spain have already warned Google that the policy infringes on their local privacy laws.  French government offices warned that Google could face a fine of up to ?150,000.