Google in breach of data protection law: two recent condemnations have confirmed this obvious fact 06/05/2014 - Open Internet Project

Recently, two Data Protection Authorities (DPA) fined Google because its privacy policy was in breach of data protection regulations.

The DPA criticized two points in particular:

a) Google does not provide the users with sufficiently clear information about the collection of personal data and about their co-mingling with other data.

b) Google does not grant users sufficient control over the use of the information gathered about them and their retention.

 

1/ In Spain, Google was sentenced to a fine of € 900,000

Summary of the decision: http://www.agpd.es/portalwebAGPD/revista_prensa/revista_prensa/2013/notas_prensa/common/diciembre/131219_PR_AEPD_PRI_POL_GOOGLE.pdf

 

2/ In France, the CNIL imposed a fine of 150,000 euros

Summary of the decision: http://www.cnil.fr/english/news-and-events/news/article/the-cnils-sanctions-committee-issues-a-150-000-EUR-monetary-penalty-to-google-inc/

the integral decision: http://www.cnil.fr/fileadmin/documents/en/D2013-420_Google_Inc_EN.pdf

 

There are several other procedures pending, for instance in the UK and in the Netherlands.

 

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