The October 16, 2012 letter from the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party included this statement about the Google’s response to the EU’s inquiry:
The letter included these three legal issues:
- Firstly, the investigation showed that Google provides insufficient information to its users (including passive users), especially on the purposes and the categories of data being processed.
- Secondly, the investigation confirmed our concerns about the combination of data across services.
- Finally, Google failed to provide retention periods for the personal data it processes.
In September 2012 Netmarketshare reported that Google accounts for about 85% of all searches world wide the impact of potential fines for privacy violations by the EU based on its revenue may be significant. In addition to possible fines Google may be subject to criminal charges for violating EU privacy laws.
What do you think about Google’s position regarding its new privacy policies?