Data Protection Authority: Google in breach of data protection law

bureau Brandeis
28 Nov 2015

The combining of personal data by Google since the introduction of its new privacy policy on 1 March 2012 is in breach of the Dutch data protection act (Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens). That is the conclusion of an investigation by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens).

According to the report, Google combines the personal data from internet users that are collected by all kinds of different Google services, without adequately informing the users on the¬†personal data collected and the purposes thereof¬†and without asking for their consent. “Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent. And that is forbidden by law“.

The Data Protection Authority has invited Google to attend a hearing, after which it will decide whether it will take enforcement measures.