Google has been asked by the EU to revise its privacy policy

Google has been asked by the EU to revise its privacy policy
You may remember a disturbance in the force when Google announced a new privacy policy earlier this year. Google consolidated 60 distinct privacy policies into on across all its services from which, users could not opt out.

There was a lot of discussion about what these changes meant. However, given the ubiquity of Google’s services, most people accepted the “cost” of these free products, email, YouTube, Google+, Google Docs, Google Play, Android, and beyond, and the data collection continued.

Well, 24 of the EU’s 27 data regulators, plus administrators in Croatia and Liechtenstein, wrote a letter to Google suggesting Google reevaluate its policy of all this combined personal data. The regulators did not call Google’s data collection illegal, but it does follow an investigation which has begun by France’s Commission Nationale de l’Informatique. Oddly, France’s investigation began before Google’s new privacy policy was even introduced, so the letter may address broader questions about data being collected.



The letter makes twelve recommendations as to how Google might refine its policy. The first five outline how the internet search and ad company might tell its users about how information and browsing records are kept and used, as well as location data and credit card data. The rest is asking Google to clearly and simply outline to users what the company’s intentions are and allow people to opt out from bundling data.

Of course, this data is collected to provide hyper-accurate demographic data to businesses that want to sell you stuff. Google Ads are the main source of revenue for the company, and some think Google may test the EU’s resolve on the matter.



The timing of this letter is probably not a coincidence, since Google is already discussing with the EU questions being raised about the company’s business practices with regards to search advertising versus its competitors.

source: Reuters

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16 Comments

1. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Always watching... Yeah it's how their whole search thing works. Even adds come from your search history. You can opt-out of it.

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

this is conspiracy.........question is, has google done us wrong by doing so? has anyone lost or been hurt by these policies? if not then why are these other countries sticking there neck where it dont belong?

3. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

I don't mind if Google is watching me..........................

4. Kostas_13

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

Well, you actually should. They are able to know everything about you and your life. You are being filed in high detail... Plus, when your every step is being "watched", you are no longer a free man.

8. GUNDAM

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

google is bad??? what about our governments???

13. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

great comment the government is always watching.

14. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

Why should Its not like they are going to stole from you. They are watching because they want to provide better service to us.(What we want) and only Google will know about our privacy not the whole world. They are watching billions of people and it is not possible for any human to watch billions of people. Actually the machine or program ..whatever ....is watching us. and I really don't mind this.........

15. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

You're right. Only Google will know. And the governments who are legally allowed to search their servers. And anyone who hacks the servers. Really disturbing stuff. Now, I don't really care that much. The privacy invasion ends up giving me an improved service. Since Google knows that I have searched for scores of Miami Heat games, Heat games will show up in Google Now. However, I think people should have a right to be able to tell Google to delete pieces of information from their servers.

16. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

Great thought............ If Google show every user what information they have about them and give them right to delete. Then it will be Awsome

10. aveese

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

i don't mind too... it's not like i'm doing something illegal!

5. youmadbro

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

I always feel like somebody's watching me!!!

6. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Gooooogle... Watch Me Watch Me...

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I don't mind...cuz of this am getting some good products(google now)... if am not baddie then why should i bother????

9. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

It is good that google use it to improve their service. I don't really care since I dont upload any info that google really need to do something harm to user. Although ads is everywhere, as long as I dont click it and they not slowing down my browsing experience than it is okay. If not there are some other service to choose if you okay with result mix with junk information that user do not really need

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

well its a very small price to pay for such great services. Google is a company which I can trust. and anyway all goverments can spy on people whenever and how they want. the goverments and all the secret agencies dont even has a privacy policy. They can spy on us without even telling. Atleast google is telling us what data they collect and how do they use it. Without data there wont be great maps, search and intelligent services like GOOGLE NOW. if Google dont know anything about me, how the hell they are suppose to provide me with such great services. its just GIVE AND TAKE.

12. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Nothing wrong with thier model unless they sell all data to spammers like AOL did a decade or so back. Isn't this better than scanned by those machines at AIRPORT where you lose all your proivacy completely to prying human eyes ... here's it's just data mining and s/w involved by and large.

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