European Privacy Regulators are Telling Google How to Protect Users

By Tom Pritchard on at

As if telling Google to remove search terms if someone requested it wasn't bad enough, European privacy regulators are now telling the search giant how to handle user privacy.

According to Reuters, regulators have sent Google a list of guidelines telling it how to comply with local laws. The six page document is known as Article 29 Working Party and details a list of things Google should do to stay in various governments' good books. Examples include making sure privacy policies are unambiguous, making it clear how the company will use users' data, and a recommendation that Google implement a dashboard that allows people to manage personal data and control privacy settings.

The two have been fighting for many years about how Google collects and stores user data, and in 2012 Google got in trouble after it announced plans to "combine personal information" across multiple products and services. The justification being that this combined 60 privacy policies into one, meaning it was easier to understand. Regulators didn't see it that way and demanded that Google change it's policies. From the looks of things they still aren't happy.

In many ways this doesn't seem to be a bad thing, but if regulators keep getting all up in Google's business they might just decide to fight back. [CNET]