After a, Europe's data privacy watchdogs have drawn up a list of measures they'd like to see the search giant implement.
Back in 2012, Google merged all of the privacy policies for its individual services into a single, unified policy. That decision , which found it to be against European law. France's data protection watchdog CNIL subsequently , while six other countries' regulators have started legal proceedings against the company over the matter.
On Thursday, the Article 29 Working Party – an organisation made up of Europe's local data watchdogs and known as WP29 – published a series of recommendations that it believes would bring Google back on the right side of the law.
The WP29 also recommends that privacy policies should be made available for all Google devices, including those from its smart home business Nest. Given Nest devices don't have typical Google UIs, the policies should be shown when the devices are first configured on, for example, a user's PC.
Data watchdogs also want to see Google do better at helping users decide how their data should and shouldn't be used. "Google must provide users with more elaborate tools to manage their personal data," it said, including allowing users to configure settings individual for each Google services they use.
The body also suggests that Google provide details of its anonymisation practices and data retention policies.
"The recommendations are provided for illustrative purposes only and may not be the only means by which Google could achieve compliance. They should be regarded as potential solutions in order to give practical suggestions as to how the requirements could be fulfilled. They do not pre-empt enforcement actions by national authorities based on national law," the WP29 said.
The full set of recommendations can be found here (PDF). Google declined to comment on this story.