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UK, Germany and Italy Threaten Google With Legal Action Over Privacy

9:42 am on Jul 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Privacy watchdogs in the UK, Germany and Italy have told Google to rewrite its privacy policy in Europe or face legal sanctions, 15 months after the search giant unilaterally altered them to unify data collection.

The move follows similar complaints to the US company last month from the equivalent organisations in France and Spain, and ratchets up the attention over its handling of the huge amounts of personal data that it collects from users every day.UK, Germany and Italy Threaten Google With Legal Action Over Privacy [guardian.co.uk]
Google said in a statement: "Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services. We have engaged fully with the authorities involved throughout this process, and we'll continue to do so going forward."

But a spokesperson did not explain how its policy could simultaneously respect European law and be the target of censure from five European privacy authorities.

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