Italy: Google Has 18 Months to Change its Ways

Google ItalyGoogle has been under a lot of fire in Europe concerning privacy laws. Now, Italy has given the company 18 months to alter the way it collects and stores user data.

A group of regulators from the European Union has been pushing the Internet giant to change its ways for several months. The move came after Google combined 60 privacy policies into one, meshing data collected on individual users across its services including YouTube, Gmail and Google+.

Italian regulators have ordered Google to change its system in the next year in a half, requiring users to give consent before Google can use their information for commercial purposes. As well, Google must meet requests from users to delete their accounts within two months.

A Google spokesman has assured that the company will comply with the Rome-based regulator’s decision, as it has with other European regulators, such as France and Spain. As a part of that, it will present a plan on how it will follow through with the new regulations. If it does not meet Italy’s requirements, Google could be subject to a €1 million fine and criminal proceedings.

*Source: The Star