EU Data Protection reform – whither equal treatment.

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

Business as usual for Google

Today the CNIL (the French data protection authority) confirmed what we had feared: Google has not made any meaningful changes to its privacy policy and still maintains its belief that, in spite of findings to the contrary by enforcers across Europe, it does operate in line with the European Privacy Directive. This refusal to accept … read more

Google’s privacy invasions lead to yet another fine – when will the buck stop?

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.

Today the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) announced that at least six European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) will take the investigation into Google’s privacy policy to the next level and are drafting sanctions. Following an investigation led by the CNIL, the so-called Article 29 Working Party found that Google violated EU privacy law and requested on 26 … read more

CNIL Continues Investigation – UPDATE

On 16th February 2013, France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties, (CNIL) announced that in response to Google’s Privacy Policy, it would be forming a working group “in order to coordinate their repressive action which should take place before summer”. The probe itself focused on the degree to which the Privacy Policy directly impacts … read more

Consumers back privacy law action against Google

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

Privacy Matters: CNIL Continues Investigation

On 16th February 2013, France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties, (CNIL) announced that in response to Google’s Privacy Policy, it would be forming a working group “in order to coordinate their repressive action which should take place before summer”. The probe itself focused on the degree to which the Privacy Policy directly impacts … read more

2013: the year of data privacy

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

Privacy invasion by design? Challenging Google’s privacy credentials

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