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
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.
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
They do say that information is power and, as we mark International Data Privacy Day 2013, never has this time-honoured adage been more relevant. The twentieth century saw ideological wars fought over who should control the means of production – the factories, machines and tools used to produce wealth. Those battle-lines still exist (albeit between … read more
Many in the US and Europe were surprised when a German official managed to get an admission out of Google that the company had – systematically, over the course of three plus years – collected private information from consumers, businesses and governments over unsecured Wi-Fi networks. In its official blog post, Google admitted that it had … read more
Microsoft takes decisive action to Improve Privacy Protection for Bing searches while Google only offers excuses
Just the other day Microsoft announced major steps to increase privacy on Bing. In a letter to the European Union’s data protection agencies that jointly make up the so-called “Article 29 Working Party” the company announced that it will delete the entire IP address from search queries at six months – a significant improvement on … read more