Google must present a game plan in September
An Italian data-regulation official told Google it has 18 months to change how it stores usersâ€™ information.
Italy is one of several European countries that have been jointly investigating Googleâ€™s consolidation of 60 different privacy policies into one last year, Reuters reports. The Italian watchdog said in a statement that Googleâ€™s disclosures about data use were insufficient, despite the companyâ€™s efforts efforts to abide by local laws.
A spokesperson for Google said the tech company has consistently cooperated with the inquiry and will continue to do so after it reviews the watchdogâ€™s latest decision.
Google has a year and a half to, among other demands, start asking for usersâ€™ consent to profile them based off their data for commercial purposes. The official also asked Google to follow through on usersâ€™ requests to delete their personal data within two months.
In addition to the 18-month deadline, Google must also present in September a detailed plan for how it intends to meet the regulatorâ€™s demands. If Google ultimately does not comply with the regulator, it could face fines.
France and Spain have already fined the company for violating local data-protection laws. A Dutch regulator is still deciding whether to take steps to enforce changes following similar legal breaches in the Netherlands.
Article source: http://time.com/3016255/italy-google-privacy-policy-data-use/