Dutch privacy regulator says Google's policies are 'forbidden by law'

It looks like Google is in trouble again in regards to its privacy policy as a Dutch regulator has clearly stated the company’s policy is “forbidden by law”.

The company behind the little search engine that could has managed to add another EU country to list of nations it has severely "annoyed" with the way it handles privacy. A number of European countries have launched investigations into Google’s practices and policies and all of them, including the UK and France have found that Google isn’t doing enough to inform users about what data it collects and how it uses it. Now the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) has ended its seven-month investigation and has reached the same conclusion as its European neighbours: Google is supposedly spinning an “invisible web of our personal data without our consent”.

The whole argument began almost two years ago when Google changed its user privacy policy to be able to share your data across all its services. You might remember at the time many people, regulators and a certain software company whom we’re fans of, made a big fuss around this change.

Google has mentioned countless times that it respects European law, and that they are doing everything they can to comply. We’ll see how that goes down in the upcoming DPA hearing when the regulator is looking at “enforcement measures” against the company.

Source: Dutch DPA Via: Engadget | Image via Zeta.net

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God, all these comments are annoying. Google is not going thru anything any other big corporation hasnt gone through. Every company has to abide by different country laws. This is nothing new and nothing specific to Google.

But keep these anti Google comments coming..they are amusing to see.

techbeck said,
God, all these comments are annoying. Google is not going thru anything any other big corporation hasnt gone through. Every company has to abide by different country laws. This is nothing new and nothing specific to Google.

But keep these anti Google comments coming..they are amusing to see.

Just curious, do you have something invested in them? You're usually the only one on here defending their (at best) lousy practices. I'm kinda curious as to why their behavior towards user's data is ok with you?

I could ask you the same thing about MS defending all their changes in Windows 8.

But nope, just tired of all the hypocrites around here ragging on a company when others have, or have had, shady practices before as well. As far as Google's behavior is concerned, MS is making more of a deal out of it than its worth and Google stated exactly what it does with the data.

And like I have said many times, I like all companies and will use what I want if I find a need for it. I like MS and was not with every one else bitching about what they were going to do with the new XBOX. I was not ragging on MS for Windows 8 and just expressed my dislike for the new Start Screen, that is it.

Funny how people thing/assume that I am strictly Google or a Google fan without knowing what they are talking about. I use more MS products than Google but I find value in both.

There's not really any "supposedly" to it. That's what machine learning can do, and they're extremely capable at it.

I am surprised by lack of comments, if it was apple or MS, especially MS, the thread would have been full of negative comments.

It doesn't matter what we say here as it is the way it is. You have MS fans (which I'm one of) and you have Google fans. There will be this same argument for the foreseeable future. I'm stuck using Google services at work, but for my own stuff I use the MS services.

I like it when I see Google being targeted as they should be just like MS should be if it goes against the laws. I would also like to see Apple targeted it the same.

C'mon, Microsoft gets sued over implementing Internet Explorer TWICE and Google does the same on Android and Chromebooks (where Chrome is the ONLY browser) and gets away, I'm sick of getting Scroogled.

Actually the default browser on Android tends to be some generic and not Chrome. Also there are a ton of browsers available on Android to choose from.

Note: I'm well aware that 4.3 and 4.4 seem to have Chrome included but the mass majority of phones still have versions that pre-date 4.3.

ChromeBooks are built using Chrome at the core so naturally there won't be an alternative browser. Chrome makes up the system UI and framework and replacing it isn't possible. Everything lives in Chrome itself. It also doesn't have a monopoly market share like Microsoft did with Windows and IE.

Scroogled! MS have a point which is being backed by more and more nations, this love affair people seem to have with google is severely blinding then to key facts i think....

You might remember at the time many people, regulators and a certain software company whom we're fans of (...)

Now, where are those reporters/editors/moderators saying that Neowin is not Microsoft-biased?

tiagosilva29 said,

Now, where are those reporters/editors/moderators saying that Neowin is not Microsoft-biased?


who said that, the clue is in the name neoWIN!

duddit2 said,

who said that, the clue is in the name neoWIN!

I came to say this. Fans exist for everything, and Neowin was originally built by Microsoft fans, at least in part. HOWEVER, that in no way means they're biased - it means they're less aggressive towards Microsoft, which cannot be said about many other sites who like to bash Microsoft left, right and center.

tiagosilva29 said,

Now, where are those reporters/editors/moderators saying that Neowin is not Microsoft-biased?

Here is another proposition: fans are the biggest critics because they care the most.

Images like this are stupid. You dont see any other negative images like this towards other companies who are doing shady things. Like MS and what they were trying to do with the new XBOX. Where were all the evil/crap images for MS?

techbeck said,
Images like this are stupid. You dont see any other negative images like this towards other companies who are doing shady things. Like MS and what they were trying to do with the new XBOX. Where were all the evil/crap images for MS?

It's a joke in the style of Google. They change their logo style on certain days..

Phouchg said,
You can always count on techbeck to be Google's knight in shining armor.

I prefer and use more MS products than Google so you don't know what you are talking about.

Now go away.

techbeck said,
Images like this are stupid. You dont see any other negative images like this towards other companies who are doing shady things. Like MS and what they were trying to do with the new XBOX. Where were all the evil/crap images for MS?

Take it you've never seen the Borg Bill Gates from Slashdot. They stopped using it but the current one is a parody of the windows logo with windows that are cracked and broken. Most the those types of images don't go beyond a single site.

techbeck said,
Images like this are stupid. You dont see any other negative images like this towards other companies who are doing shady things. Like MS and what they were trying to do with the new XBOX. Where were all the evil/crap images for MS?

like what ???