Google failed to “provide sufficient information” to help users understand how their data will be used by the company, and “must now amend” its policy, the U.K. data protection authority said today. The decision stems from coordinated action that data privacy regulators across Europe announced in April.
Google faces probes across Europe over changes to harmonize privacy policies for more than 60 products last year. Global data-protection regulators last month wrote to the Mountain View, California-based company urging Chief Executive Officer Larry Page to contact them about possible issues with its web-enabled eyeglasses, called Google Glass.
Data protection regulators from the 28-nation EU, that make up the so-called Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, wrote to Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page last October, saying the company “empowers itself to collect vast amounts of personal data about Internet users” without demonstrating that this “collection was proportionate,” and asking the company to bring its policy in line with EU rules.