Google Updates Its Privacy Policy So It's Easier to Understand


The tech giant has a lot of explaining to do when it comes to their privacy language.

After various scandals and data breaches, privacy is likely on everyone's mind these days. 

In that spirit, Google announced it will updating the language used in its privacy policies to be more simple and transparent, Engadget reported.

The move is largely to comply with European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, privacy law, which takes effect on May 25. Part of the new law requires tech companies to be "clear and transparent" about how user data is handled.

While none of the privacy policies have changed for now, the way they're being presented to Google users has been simplified, like in the company's new explainer videos: 

The company has also improved its user controls, which can be accessed from "My Account." From there, users can determine things like location tracking and app activity with simple on/off switches.

Google isn't alone in streamlining its privacy policy. Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has also revamped the language it uses and spelled out the internal rules the platform uses to police user content.

If you've got more questions, Google will be sending out an email to every one of its billions of users with an explanation about its privacy policies.