Google UK Told to Rewrite its Privacy Policy or Face Possible Legal Action

By Gary Cutlack on at

Remember all the fuss regarding Google's updated universal privacy policy that kicked in last year? We're going to have to go through it all again, as the UK's privacy watchdog has decided it's too unclear for users to understand and needs changing.

The Information Commissioner's Office has said that Google's current policy may not even comply with the UK's Data Protection Act, plus the wording of the policy isn't detailed enough for users to actually comprehend what it means for them and their privacy when accessing some of Google's vast array of sites.

The ICO added: "Google must now amend their privacy policy to make it more informative for individual service users. Failure to take the necessary action to improve the policies compliance with the Data Protection Act by 20 September will leave the company open to the possibility of formal enforcement action." [ICO via Guardian]