Google in breach of privacy law and implement new policy

1 March 2012

Bitterwallet - Google logoEU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has said that data protection agencies across the EU had concluded that that Google's new privacy policy was in breach of EU law.

"The authorities of the data controllers in Europe have asked their French counterparts to analyse the new policies and they have come to the conclusion that they are deeply concerned and that the new rules are not in accordance with the European law and that the transparency rules have not been applied," Reding told BBC Radio Four.

Despite this, Google has gone ahead with its new privacy policy, which ostensibly means that private data collected by one Google service can be shared with its other platforms including YouTube, Gmail and Blogger. This is to tailor search results more effectively, according to the internet powerhouse.

Google will now be able to gather all browsing data and web history and share it across a variety of platforms, leaving users only able to reduce data gathered by logging out of Google's services. Of course, Google will still store anonymous data about web activity.

In response, Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said he was happy to answer any concerns: "As we've said several times over the past week, while our privacy policies will change on 1st March, our commitment to our privacy principles is as strong as ever."

However, campaign group Big Brother Watch aren't happy, with group director Nick Pickles saying: "Google is putting advertisers' interests before user privacy and should not be rushing ahead before the public understand what the changes will mean."

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy   World News

3 comments

  • Mary H.
    Who would've thunk it?
  • Tweedskin
    No they're not. So there. I don't understand what the big deal is. You hand your data over to Google, and Google use it in exactly they way they tell you they will. No advertiser see's your data and no advertiser ever will (unless you sell it to them). Google are under the watchful eye in many companies, i'm sure they can afford the lawyers to make sure they're not doing anything illegal. Storm in a teacup.
  • Tweedskin
    *countries, not companies.

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