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ICO Reportedly ‘Looking Into’ Google+ Profile Policy Rejig

According to a new report, the Information Commissioner's Office, UK (ICO) is “looking into” Google’s new ID verification rejig.

The report first appeared on the Register, which claimed to have heard from a spokeswoman in the ICO that no formal investigation is currently underway. However, the spokeswoman also reportedly said that the UK data watch dog was still looking into the details of the changes made by Google in user profiles and username sign ups.

Meanwhile, Google has issued a clarification on its “newly installed common name profiles policy that has been created to place its social network project, Google+, at centre stage within its online estate,” the Register report claimed.

Bradley Horowitz, Google’s product vice president recently responded to the critics of the company who did not seem too happy with the tweaks introduced in the identity verification process for Google accounts, which will eventually result in the mass deletion of private profiles for its products.

"We've noticed that many violations of the Google+ common name policy were in fact well-intentioned and inadvertent and for these users our process can be frustrating and disappointing," Horowitz said.