Google’s new privacy policy violates law, says EU Commissioner

Published on March 2, 2012 by in Technology

Googles new privacy policy 300x217 Googles new privacy policy violates law, says EU CommissionerOn 1 March, Google changed as per its new privacy policy, but European Court dismissed it as violating European law on basis of conclusion made by European’s Data protection agencies.

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said on Thursday that Google Inc’s new privacy policy is in breach of European law as France’s data protection watchdog, the CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés) on basis of direction made by European data protection agency, had already cast doubt on the legality of the policy that the transparency rules have not been applied.

Earlier in January, Google announced that it was simplifying its privacy policy, consolidating 60 guidelines into a single one that will apply to all its services including YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+.

In respect of no consultant that is not in accordance with the law on transparency, the policy is breaching the law. And other reason is that it utilizes the data of private persons in order to hand it over to third parties, which is not what the users have agreed to.

“Protection of personal data is a basic rule of the European Union. It is inscribed in the treaties. It is not an if, it is a must,” Reding said.

Posting on its blog defending its policy updates, Google said that “as you use our products one thing will be clear: it’s the same Google experience that you’re used to, with the same controls.”

On Company statement “Our privacy policy is now much easier to understand”, the Reding said, “Seventy percent of users rarely, or never, use terms and conditions which very often are written in small print, very complicated, not understandable for the normal user, and users are worried.”

Overall defining assurances, Google privacy policy has been criticized by everyone from members of Congress and state attorneys general to the European Commission and privacy groups as most users are unaware of what they are signing up to when they used mainstream Web.

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