Last week we reported the news that Google had been fined the maximum levy from the CNIL, the French data protection authority, for their continuous violation of privacy regulation across Europe. At the time, Auke Haagsma, ICOMP commented: “the CNIL has levied the maximum possible fine on Google, citing the breadth and seriousness of its … read more
The EU legislature is entering a crucial phase in discussing the proposal to modernise and update the EU’s data protection rules. A Committee of the European Parliament will seek a way to deal with more than 4000 amendments to the proposal on 21 October while the EU’s Council debated the proposal on 7 October. Although … read more
The UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) yesterday published a piece of research called “Being online: an investigation of people’s habits and attitudes”, which looks at a number of aspects of online behaviour and examines how citizens and consumers use the internet and interact with online services. The research, undertaken by Ipsos MORI, found overall that … read more
Yesterday the Data Protection Agency in Hamburg, leading the charge for all German privacy enforcers, fined Google €145,000 just short of the maximum fine of €150,000 for illegally capturing and storing personal data. Google collected often sensitive personal information through its so-called Google-cars which drove around the streets of Europe and elsewhere to take pictures … read more
Google fails to comply with EU privacy laws. Authorities in six member states decide to take sanctions. Others need to follow.
Yesterday the European Commission’s Vice President Viviane Reding addressed the EU Consumer Summit on the issue of enforcement. Ms Reding reaffirmed the vital importance of consumer defences, particularly in times of economic crisis, saying that consumer spending accounts for 56 per cent of the EU’s GDP but that its full potential could only be tapped … read more
Another day, another Google privacy breach. This time no less than 30 US states have taken aim at Google for surreptitiously collecting sensitive personal data sent over their WiFi networks. According to a press release fromAttorney General Jepsen of Texas, they have not only fined Google, but they have also ordered Google to “engage in a comprehensive employee … read more
Almost three quarters (71%) of Britons believe that data protection authorities were right to investigate Google’s privacy policies according to a new study by privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch. 66% of respondents went further than this, saying that national regulators such as the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK should be doing more to force Google … read more