November 29, 2013
Google Under Fire From Dutch Data Protection Authority
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) claims that Google is violating Dutch data protection law. The Dutch agency performed a seven-month-long investigation and found that Google is breaking the data law by combining personal data from its many different online services. DPA said in a statement that the online giant does not adequately inform users about the combining of personal data from all its web services.
According to the findings, Google is combining data from different services to help tailor ads and personal services like YouTube. Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the College for the Protection of Personal Data, told the Washington Post that Google is spinning an invisible web of personal data without permission, and “that is outlawed.”
DPA said it has invited Google to attend a meeting to discuss its concerns, after which it would decide whether to take any action against the cloud services. The agency said that it was nearly impossible for Dutch Internet users not to interact with Google, whether it be through Google Search, YouTube or Maps, or passively looking through third-party websites.
Google imposed new terms of services on users back in March 2012 for its cloud services, which includes YouTube, the Gmail service and the Google search engine.