Sunday, 28 November 2021

Google accepts corrective measures for terms of service

SEJONG: Google Inc. has corrected some of its terms of service, South Korea’s antitrust regulator said Thursday, in a move to carry out the world’s first corrective recommendation for the U.S. internet giant.

The move came two months after the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said Google should inform its users of changes to its terms and conditions of service in advance if the changes are serious in nature or are detrimental to users.

In March, the FTC claimed that Google’s changes to terms of service, which are effective immediately, cannot ensure that changes addressing new functions for a service or changes made for legal reasons are in users’ favor.

In corrective measures submitted to the commission, Google has said it will give a prior notification to users in case the changes are serious in nature and that changes will take effect 30 days after notification.

Other matters that the commission had disagreed with included users’ comprehensive granting of a transferable license with the right to sub-license to YouTube, a global video streaming service owned by Google.

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