January 30, 2015
The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced today that Google has agreed to sign a formal undertaking to improve the information it provides to people about how it collects personal data in the country.
The ICO ruled the new policy did not include sufficient information for users of the service on how and why their personal data was being collected.
“This undertaking marks a significant step forward following a long investigation and extensive dialogue. Google’s commitment today to make these necessary changes will improve the information U.K. consumers receive when using their online services and products,” ICO head of enforcement Steve Eckersley said in a statement.
“This investigation has identified some important learning points not only for Google, but also for all organizations operating online, particularly when they seek to combine and use data across services. It is vital that there is clear and effective information available to enable users to understand the implications of their data being combined. The detailed agreement Google has signed setting out its commitments will ensure that.”
The agreement Google signed can be read below.
France’s Commission Nationale de L’Informatique et des Liberté and the Spanish Agency for Data Protection have both already issued fines against Google. Both countries slapped Google their maximum penalties, Spain $1.23-million and France $200,000.
Google still faces fines from Germany’s regulator, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, and the Dutch Data Protection Authority.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.