The social network says the new policy was an attempt to “simplify” its privacy rules, but the College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (the Dutch DPA) is concerned about the use of personal data to target advertising.
The new policy is expected to come into force on 30 January, despite calls from the data watchdog for it to be delayed.
Merging the privacy policies for 60 of its services including Google Search, YouTube, Gmail, Picasa, Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Maps earned the search giant the ire of the DPA. It has given the search behemoth until the end of February to make changes. ®