“Google catches us in an invisible web of our personal data without telling us and without asking us for our consent. This has been ongoing since 2012 and we hope our patience will no longer be tested,” said Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Dutch DPA.
This all stems from a 2013 investigation by Dutch authorities, which found that Google broke state laws by sharing personal data across its suite of services. Basically, information from its search engine was used along with data acquired through location services, etc.
The change in policy made by Google in early 2012 has sprouted a number of data protection cases in Europe. At the start of this year France fined the company €150,000, while Spain – often the harshest punishers in this field – fined Google nearly €1m a month before.
According to Pcworld.com, Google recently sent a letter authorities in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands announcing a number of measures to comply with EU privacy laws. The Dutch DPA “has not yet established whether the proposed measures will end all the violations,” it said.
Using Google search on a smartphone image, via Shutterstock