Data protection authorities announce investigations into Google’s privacy policy

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On 2 April 2013, data protection authorities across the EU — including the Information Commissioner’s Office — announced that they are now investigating whether Google’s privacy policy complies with national data protection laws. The investigation was prompted by allegations that Google failed to implement recommendations issued to it by the EU Working Party in October 2012.

On 1 March 2012, Google updated its terms of service and consolidated more than 60 of its privacy policies into a single policy for almost all its services. This enabled Google to aggregate users’ personal data from across their accounts and services, including Gmail, Google Play, Google+, internet searching, maps, YouTube, location data and photo sharing.

As a result, the EU’s Article 29 Working Party asked the French data protection regulator, the CNiL, to lead an investigation into Google’s new privacy policy. The CNiL was asked to examine whether Google’s privacy policy complies with the requirements set out in the Data Protection Directive…

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