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Google threatened over privacy

Google has been threatened with enforcement action by the data watchdog if it does not improve its privacy policies.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said the US multinational's updated privacy policy has raised "serious questions" about its compliance with the UK Data Protection Act.

The warning came after similar announcements were made by several other data protection authorities, including in France and Spain.

An ICO spokesman said on Thursday: "We have today written to Google to confirm our findings relating to the update of the company's privacy policy. In our letter we confirm that its updated privacy policy raises serious questions about its compliance with the UK Data Protection Act.

"In particular, we believe that the updated policy does not provide sufficient information to enable UK users of Google's services to understand how their data will be used across all of the company's products.

"Google must now amend their privacy policy to make it more informative for individual service users.

"Failure to take the necessary action to improve the policies compliance with the Data Protection Act by September 20 will leave the company open to the possibility of formal enforcement action."

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