CBP threatens Google with million fine for privacy breaches




Google needs of CBP Dutch Internet users to request permission to store searches and browsing habits, scan e-mail and follow YouTube viewing habits. Google does not for March, you risk a fine of up to 15 million.

The privacy watchdog reported on its website that Google has imposed a so-called conditional penalty of up to 15 million. The Internet giant would be through adjustments to the general conditions in 2012 did not comply with the Data Protection Act.

According to CBP combines Google user data, also of internet users who are not logged in with a Google account and on websites where the company places cookies. This privacy sensitive data which will be used to display ads. The privacy watchdog says that Google users are informed enough about this process and furthermore does not ask for permission. That is, in the eyes of the CBP a violation of the Data Protection Act.

CBP wants Google now unambiguously consent asks users to information through various Google services may be generated to combine, for example by displaying a pop-up. The American Internet company should clearly explain exactly what data is collected and how it is used. Furthermore, Google should make clear that YouTube is part of the Internet company, says CBP Google here some steps have put in.

The search giant said in a response quickly with CBP to want to sit down: “We are disappointed in the cease and desist order from the Dutch Data Protection Authority, especially since we already have a number of changes in response to the CBP concerns expressed. We have recently submitted a proposal for further changes to the group of European data protection authorities, and we look forward to discussing this in the short term with them, “said the Internet giant.

Google updated on March 1, 2012 its terms of use. This directly resulted in a European study by the French privacy watchdog. Based on the research findings, which concluded that Google’s European privacy rules overlapped with his boot, begun France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands further studies to Google. The question was whether Google would not violate national privacy laws. Google has indicated that it wants to make changes in order to comply with European privacy rules, but CBP has not been able to determine whether these measures have effectively terminated the privacy violations.


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