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Monday, December 2, 2013

Dutch Data Protection Authority Finds Google In Breach of Dutch Privacy Law

After an investigation, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DDPA) has found that Google is in breach of Dutch privacy law, because the company combines the information it collects through different methods and services without adequately informing consumers. The chair of the EU Data Protection Article 29 Working Party, the CNIL, asked the DDPA to investigate Google's practices after the company released its new privacy policy in 2012.

Read the DDPA press release here.  Said the DDPA in part:

In brief, the CNIL concluded that Google:

1. is acting in breach of its obligation to provide information, especially in respect of ‘passive’ users;

2. has no legal ground for the combining of data from various services for a number of specific purposes;

3. wrongly omits to state retention periods either in its privacy policy or in its communication with the data protection authority.

Read the complete findings of the DDPA (in an unofficial translation) here. Read the original here; Annex here. Read a letter to Google from the EU Data Protection Article 29 Working Party here. Read the Working Party's recommendations here. More about the Working Party here.

 

Hat tip to Jurist.

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