Dutch watchdog claims Google `spins invisible data web`, violates privacy law
Washington – The Dutch Data Protection Authority has reportedly found that search giant Google’s practice of combining user data from its varied services violates data protection law.
The privacy watchdog has claimed that the site’s collection of user data without prior consent violates Dutch data protection law.
However, the watchdog has found that Google does not adequately inform users of the practice in advance nor seek their consent.
DPA Chairman Jacob Kohnstamm said that Google ‘spins an invisible web’ of the users’ personal data, without their consent, which is forbidden by law.
The report said that Google had raised the ire of privacy advocates in January 2012 over the policy change, inviting lawsuits from privacy advocates following which the search giant was asked to amend its policies.