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Google must rewrite European privacy policy or face legal sanctions

Google must rewrite European privacy policy or face legal sanctions

Google must change its European privacy policy or run the risk of legal censure, with the UK joining Germany, Italy, France, and Spain in demanding the search giant modify its contentious "unified" policy. The UK's Information Commissioner's Office, the independent privacy watchdog, confirmed this week it had contacted Google giving it until September 20 to rewrite its privacy policy, as currently it "raises serious questions about its compliance with the UK Data Protection Act." If it fails to amend the policy, the ICO warns, Google could find itself the target of "formal enforcement action."

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European regulators tell Google to get its privacy policy issues sorted

European regulators tell Google to get its privacy policy issues sorted

Early last year when Google revealed that it would be combining its privacy policy across all its services, many people cried foul, stating that such a move allowed it to gather far too much information about its users. Google contended that the short, simpler privacy policy is something that users prefer, and that having one policy across multiple products and/or services is not uncommon. European regulators quickly jumped on the change, however, and after some back and forth, they still aren't satisfied with how Google has handled the issue.

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Google faces European privacy policy revolt

Google faces European privacy policy revolt

A European privacy watchdog has demanded Google halt its privacy policy changes, while it looks into "the possible consequences for the protection of the personal data" of users in Europe. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party requested the delay in a letter to Google [pdf link] this week, claiming that a French data protection authority had agreed to investigate Google's changes. The controversy follows similar concerns in the US, which saw Google execs meet with members of Congress earlier this week for a less-than-satisfactory show and tell session.

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Delete WhatsApp warns Facebook-hating German privacy chief

Delete WhatsApp warns Facebook-hating German privacy chief

WhatsApp users should ditch the instant messaging service else face privacy issues and potentially seeing new owner Facebook monetize them in intrusive ways, Germany's data protection commissioner has warned, with the country renewing its anti-Facebook stance amid the $19bn acquisition. Both Facebook and WhatsApp "refuse to comply with European and German data protection regulations" Thilo Weichert, of Germany's data privacy watchdog ULD, said of the deal. "Even the NSA access to communications data is facilitated by the purchase."

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Google breaks Dutch privacy laws says watchdog

Google breaks Dutch privacy laws says watchdog

Google's unified privacy policy and its sharing between services have seen it fall foul of another European country's data protection rules, with Dutch authorities accusing the search giant of breaking the law. "Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent" the Dutch data protection authority said today, revealing that it has invited representatives to attend a hearing after which possible sanctions or other enforcement measures will be decided upon.

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Google hit with pending financial sanctions in France over privacy law snafu

Google hit with pending financial sanctions in France over privacy law snafu

Google is no stranger to running afoul of privacy regulations, something that it is now facing in France as the nation hits the Internet giant with financial sanctions. According to the Commission Nationale de L'Informatique et des Libertes, Google has failed to follow through with mandated alterations on how it handles data to bring it in line with France's privacy laws.

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Street View legal appeal rejected, Google held liable under Wiretap Act

Street View legal appeal rejected, Google held liable under Wiretap Act

Google has been in hot water since it was revealed that it had harvested data, such as user names and email addresses, from wireless networks. The Internet giant sought to have the lawsuit against it dismissed, saying that claims it had violated the Wiretap Act weren't valid, something an appeals court in the US ultimately did not grant, regardless of the fact that the wireless networks were unsecured.

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Google index privacy gets thumbs-up but publishers decry “abusive” search

Google index privacy gets thumbs-up but publishers decry “abusive” search

Google faces good news and bad in Europe this week, with potential vindication over what personal data it can index but vocal rejection of its proposed concessions around equality in search. The search giant has been facing attacks from multiple directions in recent months, with the EC investigating whether it contravened privacy laws or acted in an anti-competitive manner over search results and how data from rival companies is indexed and presented. Good news on one front has coincided with bad news from another.

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Google offers rival links in search to escape Euro antitrust penalties

Google offers rival links in search to escape Euro antitrust penalties

Google is offering to promote content from search engine rivals such as Bing and Yahoo in an attempt to placate the European Commission, hoping to escape expensive censure with more openness in what results users see. The deal, which would last for five years according to Google, comes amid an investigation into accusations of web search dominance in Europe; in addition to featuring competitors' results near to its own services, Google has suggested it could better label its own links to services.

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Google’s Street View goof sees biggest fine yet (but regulators wanted more)

Google’s Street View goof sees biggest fine yet (but regulators wanted more)

Germany privacy regulators have fined Google €145,000 ($189,000) for its Street View cars inadvertently harvesting WiFi network data, in what was described as "one of the biggest data protection rules violations known." The penalty is nearly the biggest amount permitted for negligent data rule contravention in Germany, and comfortably exceeds a €100,000 fine imposed in France two years ago. However, if regulators had their way [pdf link], Germany's Data Protection and Freedom of Information commission says, Google would be fined far more.

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