Google tore up more than 60 privacy policies on Thursday and replaced them with a single document, despite calls for it to be closed down from European privacy regulators, who said it was confusing and that there were strong doubts it was lawful
“Our preliminary investigation shows that it is extremely difficult to know exactly which data is combined between which services for which purposes, even for trained privacy professionals,” the French regulator said in a letter to Google on behalf of several national watchdogs, including Britain’s Information Commissioner.
Google’s software is installed on smart phones made by HTC, LG and Samsung among others companies.
“Users can choose not to log into an Android phone with a Google Account and still use it to place phone calls, send text messages, browse the web, and use certain Google applications that do not require account authentication such as Google Maps” he said.
“Some Google applications such as Android Market and Gmail require authentication with a Google Account,” he added. (ANI)