Sunday 20 April 2014

Another telling-off for Google

IT looks like Google could be getting another slap on the wrist over data protection in Europe. Bloomberg reported yesterday that the search giant missed a deadline to outline how it will bring its privacy policy in line with EU rules.

Google hadn't provided "any precise and effective" responses to EU data-protection regulators' recommendations, France's National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL) said. Google had been given until February to compile a response.

EU regulators "are determined to act and continue their investigations" and take "repressive action" by summer, CNIL said, without defining what that may entail. CNIL led the probe on behalf of the other EU privacy agencies.

This isn't the first time Google has been caught up in a data issue, and it likely won't be the last. The penalties, however, tend not to be overly severe, with fines being the equivalent of loose change for a company of Google's size.

Google is generally regulated by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) because its EU base is located here, but there have been accusations that the DPC is undermanned to effectively police a company of Google's size. The firm said it had "engaged fully" with CNIL and would continue to do so in the future.

Irish Independent

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