Google pledges privacy policy revision after UK data watchdog bares teeth

Information Commissioner's Office berates vagueness of procedures

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Google pledges privacy policy revision after UK data watchdog bares teeth Google has promised to review its privacy policy and make it clearer for UK users.
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 1, 2015

The UK's data protection watchdog has pressured Google to reform its privacy policy, Reuters reported.

The Information Commissioner's Office studied the search giant's policy on the use of user data and found it to be too vague. Google subsequently promised a review of the policy.

The ICO probe began after Google merged around 70 separate privacy policies into one in March 2012, in a bid to collate data from across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and Google+.

Google's public reputation on privacy is closely tied to past comments by chairman Eric Schmidt. In a December 2009 interview with CNBC's Mario Bartiromo, he infamously said: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

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