Google privacy policies violating Dutch law

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 10 months ago)

We're all aware of the huge amount of privacy policy changes certain websites have, so much so that they occasionally go by unnoticed. Not for Google in the Netherlands, though, where a privacy tweak made in March 2012 has been called out for breaking Dutch law. According to the Dutch Data Protection Authority, Google had breached privacy laws for failing to inform its users about the change in policy, which is related to targeted advertising. The regulator has asked Google to attend a hearing, where action will be decided on after discussions.

"Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent. That is forbidden by law." said Dutch DPA chairman Jacob Kohnstamm. "Some of these data are of a sensitive nature, such as payment information, location data and information on surfing behavior across multiple websites."

This isn't the first time Google has run into legal problems owing to this particular change in policy. France has already ordered Google to comply with its privacy laws or face sanctions, after an investigation was launched into the March 2012 policy changes. The UK, Spain, Germany and Italy have also launched cases against Google for breaching privacy laws.

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