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

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

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the integral decision:


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


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