Britain’s data watchdog orders Google to change privacy policy

THE UK’S data watchdog has told Google that its privacy policies break Britain’s data laws.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) yesterday wrote to the search giant ordering it to provide people with better information on how it uses their data.

The ICO is one of at least six EU data watchdogs to have told Google to change its policies. Last year the company integrated more than 60 policies across its services into one. This allowed Google to, for example, target adverts on YouTube using someone’s Gmail data.

If Google refuses to change its policies, it could be fined. Google said it respects the law and will continue to engage with the ICO.