Google’s intentions to bend its rules were first reported by The Korea Times last week.
Google had announced earlier its plan to integrate private information of its services, including Gmail, Google Plus and YouTube, which sparked concerns that it could seriously hurt the privacy of Internet users.
Accepting the government recommendation, Google agreed that it would clarify and explain in detail which of the private information it will be collecting and for what purpose. It would also inform how long they will be using the information and how it can be destroyed, on top of adding contacts for the Google department in charge of protecting private information.
It will enable the users to manage their own private information. Those who don’t want the integration of Google accounts can choose to use multiple accounts.
“It would be a good example of a global business making effort to guarantee the rights of the users and respect local law, through cooperation with the government,” a spokesperson for the regulator said.
“As a result of these discussions, we have agreed to provide additional information — as a supplement to our single global policy — for our Korean users to help them better understand our approach to privacy, as well as the tools they can use to manage and ensure the security of the information they choose to store in their Google Accounts,” she said.