Google’s New Privacy Policy to Be Probed in South Korea

KCC or Korea and Communications Commission, the communication regulator in South Korea has begun investigating Google’s new privacy policy, according to reports. The communication is investigating new rules and regulations along with a user’s information across its services to determine whether these violate local laws.

According to Yonhap News, the commission is thoroughly examining the new measures taken by the search giant to find out whether these will violate local data protection and open use of the Internet. The new privacy policy introduced by Google will be effective from March 1st.

A letter has been submitted to Congress by the search giant to clear concerns over its new policy. The company in that note wrote that it wanted to keep them “simpler and more understandable,” by packing over “60 product-specific privacy policies into [its] main Google one,” utilizing 85% fewer words.

The search giant also put emphasis on the fact that it wants to give more information to users when they are signed up into Google services.

The investigation is launched in response to letter received by Korea and Communications Commission (KCC) from Google Korea that the search giant is going to combine information for its users and confirming that it won’t exclude South Korea from the global change. Although, users will be allowed to opt-out, they won’t be able to use Google for email or web searches, reports Yonhap News.

According to some sources, if the search giant has violated local laws, the Commission will take immediate actions. This step from KCC would emulate warnings by European authorities that asked search giant to delay launching of its new policies so they could investigate the impact of these changes on the users.

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