Google in Breach of Dutch Data Protection Law
Particular consideration was given to changes to the policy in March 2012, which gave Google rights to combine personal data from users of it different services, through cookies and other online identifiers.
In a statement, Jakob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Dutch DPA said ‘Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent. And that is forbidden by law‘
Google has been invited to attend a hearing about the findings, after which the DPA will make a decision on taking enforcement measures.
The outcome of these investigations are likely to have wide reaching impacts on how online privacy and cookie regulations will be interpreted and enforced in the future.
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