Google fined over privacy policy

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The Mountain View giant fined 900,000 euros. Concerned, its new privacy policy that does not respect Spanish national laws on privacy.

While the European investigation for abuse of dominant position is about to be completed, Google was sentenced in Spain for non-compliance with the legislation on privacy.

The penalty stems from the AEPD, the national authority responsible for the protection of personal data. The latter believes that the new privacy policy, introduced in March 2012 violates the law in the matter and ordered Google to pay 900,000 euros fine.

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Specifically, the introduction by Google of the same contract of use for dozens of services is at the heart of the dispute. The AEPD criticizes the search engine giant’s lack of transparency on the data collected, with an abuse of the conditional expressions “ambiguous” on their advertising operations (including through the webmail client for targeted advertising) and the license agreement imposed on users.

Google is also accused of unjustified data retainment  for an indefinite period under the law, and have turned a deaf ear to concerned users.

Google is finally pinned to the crossing of data through services used. “This combination of data collected allows Google to enrich the personal information it maintains, far exceeding the reasonable expectations of the average user, who is not aware of the mass of the data processing.” As “serious violations” of privacy, said the authority .

“Google illegally collected and processed personal information” of users, the agency said in a statement. Google will change its practices to be in compliance with legal standards.

This is the first time that Google is sanctioned in Europe for this new privacy policy that has stirred all European CNIL. Recall that in France, the CNIL launched a similar procedure last September after several formal requests yielded nothing.

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