Google is in trouble with the European agencies once again. This time the Dutch DPA has found Google to be guilty of violating its data protection law. Google has decided to cooperate with the agency
Google meanwhile has been diplomatic about the whole matter, since it goes in its favor. If it had shown any attitude the fine may have been really steep. Google had been found to have collected information from myriad sources without informing them. It didn’t seek the permission of the various fountainheads of knowledge it sought data from beforehand. The assembly and interlocking of the info was something which Google kept covert about.
"Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent. And that is forbidden by law", says the chairman of the Dutch data protection authority, Jacob Kohnstamm.
People in the Netherlands use Google as naturally as they breathe the air that surrounds them. The colorful logo-bearing search engine, visually interesting YouTube site and Gmail all have their rightful place in the cyber-pantheon of the Dutch people. And furthermore over two million sites use the cookies of this giant on a global basis. Google collects personal data from users and employs it as per its requirements. Quite a few indicators show that the information collected is highly risky. Bank account information, locality know-how and surfing profiles come within this category.
The uses to which these bits of data are put are not necessarily in harmony with the wishes of the people who browse on Google’s services. Up until now, six European nations have taken the decision to litigate against Google regarding the violation of their data protection laws. The Dutch DPA says that it "has invited Google to attend a hearing, after which the authority will decide whether it will take enforcement measures."