Google urged to change privacy rules by data regulators
“It has made some changes but our investigation won’t end until we believe it is fully compliant,” said a spokesman for the UK’s information commissioner’s office (ICO). Within a letter that was addressed to the chief executive at Google; Larry Page, written by the European Union’s data protection working party was; “Google must meet its obligations with respect to the European and national data protection legal frameworks and has to determine the means to achieve these legal requirements.” Google’s spokesperson explained to the Reuters news agency that it was looking forward to talking about the new guidelines.
“We have worked with different data protection authorities across Europe to explain our privacy policies,” he said. Italian, French, Spanish, German, British and Netherlands regulators have launched investigations into Google’s privacy policies and, Google was fined 150,000 euros (£117,000) in January by France for failing to complying with their privacy rules. “It is disappointing that two years of deliberation has led to the preparation of a document that is the equivalent of selling cucumbers to the gardener,” said Anna Fielder, chairwoman of trustees at campaign group Privacy International.
“The guidelines are fundamental basics that Google should have implemented years ago, and the weakness of the language used in framing this will mean Google will do nothing to comply. These guidelines are doing nothing more than stating the obvious, and it is shameful that it took the Article 29 Working Party two years to come up with something that Google should already have been complying with,” she said.