Google needs to fix its privacy policy, U.K. data watchdog says

The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office is the latest to order Google to amend its controversial policy or face a fine.

In this Dec. 6, 2011 file photo, the Google logo is seen on the carpet at Google France offices before its inauguration, in Paris. AP Photo/Jacques Brinon

Google must change its privacy policy or face the consequences -- so says Britain's privacy watchdog.

The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office has warned Google that it faces "formal enforcement action" if the privacy policy isn't amended before September 20, although a fine -- which could be up to 500,000 pounds ($750,000) -- is unlikely.

Google is in hot water in several countries over its combined privacy policy, which breaks down the barriers between different Google accounts and has no option for users to opt out.

Read more of " Google must change privacy policy, says UK watchdog " at CNET UK.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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