According to a report from BBC News, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found that Google’s policy was “too vague when describing how it uses personal data gathered from its web services and products.”
“It is vital that there is clear and effective information available to enable users to understand the implications of their data being combined. The detailed agreement Google has signed setting out its commitments will ensure that.”
One of the demands being made of Google is to make clarifications about who may collect “anonymous identifiers,” which is similar information collected from internet cookies. Google has also agreed to make sure its policy is less ambiguous and more accessible for its users.
This will include “unambiguous and comprehensive information regarding data processing, including an exhaustive list of the types of data processed by Google and the purposes for which data is processed.”
ICO’s head of enforcement, Steve Eckersley, said this “marks a significant step forward following a long investigation and extensive dialogue.”
The news comes shortly after Google announced it was bringing its high-speed internet — known as Google Fiber — to four metro areas and 18 cities across the US. The company says having Fiber will mean users will be able to download an entire movie in just two minutes.
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