WASHINGTON — Italy, following the lead of other European countries, has told Google that it has 18 months to change its privacy practices. The international search engine has come under scrutiny for their treatment and use of user data.
Reuters reported that Google combined its 60 privacy policies into one, which was seen as combining data collected on individual users across of their platforms like Gmail, YouTube and Google+.
Regulators were upset that users could not opt out of this change in policy, but Italian regulators said that Google has tried to abide by local laws. Still, they suggested that the company fully comply with giving users notice of consent and use of their data.
Google has been the focus of attention across the world, with Detroit automakers resisting Google’s self-driving car, British lawmakers blaming Google for tax revenue shortfall and tax evasion, Italy looking to enact an anti-Google tax law.