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Regulators Prepared To Take Action Against Google

DATA PROTECTION—EU

July 5, 2013

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has written to Google to warn the company that it could take “formal enforcement action” if it does not alter its privacy policy by September 20, Out-Law.com reports. “In our letter we confirm that its updated privacy policy raises serious questions about its compliance with the UK Data Protection Act,” an ICO spokesperson said. 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.” Meanwhile, Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar says his office will join other European regulators, including Spain, in taking action against the company.
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