Global search giant Google has found itself in hot water over a decision to rewrite its privacy policies into a single document covering all of its services. Various European agencies have condemned the move as being against European law. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding told the Guardian newspaper, “For any company which wants to utilise the European market of 500 million citizens...the European rules apply.”
The Commissioner said that European transparency rules had not been applied, and that if people gave up their privacy, it should be done with their full knowledge. She condemned what she described as ‘sneaking’ privacy away.
Google’s policy change means that any private data collected by one Google service can be shared with its other services, such as YouTube, Gmail and Blogger. The company wants to do this in order to be able to tailor search results more effectively and to provide better targeted advertising.