“CBP is threatening Google with a fine of millions of euros for breaches of privacy”


Google must of the CBP Dutch internet users to ask permission for the saving of search queries and browsing habits, e-mail scanning and tracking of YouTube-viewing. Does Google not do this for march, then it risks a penalty of up to 15 million euros.

The privacy watch dog reports on his website that the Google a so-called cease and desist order has been imposed which can be up to 15 million euros. The internetreus would by modifications to the general conditions in 2012 are not compliant with the data protection Act.

According to the CBP combines Google user data, also from internet users who are not logged in with a Google account and websites where the company cookies place. This sensitive data is used for the display of advertisements. The privacy watch dog claims that Google users do not inform about this method, and moreover, not to asking permission. That is, in the eyes of the Dutch dpa a violation of the data protection Act.

The CBP wants Google now unambiguously asks permission to users to data through various Google services generated are to be allowed to combine, for example, by displaying a pop-up. Also, the American internet company more clearly explain which data exactly is collected and how it will be used. Furthermore, would Google be clearer to make that YouTube is part of the internetconcern, says the CBP that Google is here for a few steps in.

The search giant said in a response quickly with the CBP to the table to want to sit down: “We are disappointed in the cease and desist order with the Dutch College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens, especially since we already have a number of adjustments have been made in response to the by the CBP concerns. We have recently made a proposal for further amendments was submitted to the group of European privacytoezichthouders and we look forward to this in the short term with them to discuss”, says the internetreus.

Google changed on march 1, 2012 terms of use. This resulted in an immediate to a European study by the French privacy watch dog. On the basis of the study results, which concluded that Google’s European privacy practices to his boot lapt, started France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, further studies to Google. Added to this was the question of whether Google, the national privacy laws would not infringe. Google has indicated that the changes to the European privacy rules to meet, but the CBP has not yet been able to determine whether this measures the resolving privacy infractions once have actually ended.