Google Violates Dutch Privacy Laws

The Dutch privacy watchdogs have come to a conclusion that Google’s policy regarding their privacy breaches the Dutch data protection act.

According to the Dutch Data Protection report, Google doesn’t inform the users about the personal data it collects and combines for their search purposes.

“Google makes a mess of our personal data, without our content. That is forbidden by the Dutch law”, the chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority, Jacob Kohnstamm said.

Google responded by telling that it gave the user detailed information about the data which was collected and what was it going to be used for.

“Our privacy policy respects the European law. It allows us to create effective and simple services. We have engaged with eh Dutch DPA throughout this process and would continue doing so”, Google said in a statement.
Google have been invited by the Dutch DPA to attend a court hearing. The Dutch agency would decide their actions after the hearing and how it proceeds.

The updated private policy was implemented in 2012. It caused uproar among the privacy advocates. Google consolidated around 70 privacy policies across its products down to one. With the latest charge against Google, they have switched to one profile for users across all services than separate log-ins for offerings like YouTube, Search and Blogger.

After this charge against Google, other protection agencies are also examining Google’s privacy policy, including the Dutch Spanish, Germans, Italians and the U.K.

Other data protection agencies in Europe have also been examining Google’s privacy policy, including the Dutch, Spanish, Germans, Italians, and U.K. officials.