A Dutch private watchdog claimed that the search engine giant, Google, has violated the country’s data protection regulations by combining information on customers of its several services.
The verdict was released after a seven-month inquiry into variations Google did to its privacy strategy.
The changes had been edited back in March last year, which meant Google collected data on users who utilized several of its facilities.
Google made it clear that it offered particular information to people regarding their acquired data.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA), in its report, found that Google’s policy was not very clear to mention the purpose of its data collecting.
Dutch data laws do let data to be collected about people s but just for a specific aim or business purpose. As Google’s data acquisition workout was not clear as far as its purpose was concerned, it probably violated the country’s laws, the DPA statement stated.
The DPA also accused that Google was not up to the expectations to achieve its user’s satisfaction to fetch data instantly. The search giant worked harder in order to win “unambiguous” consent from consumers to collect information.
Google had also failed to put in place good enough safeguards to ensure data about the same user across services was combined legitimately, added the DPA.
“Google took a secret web of our confidential information, prior to our consent,” Jacob Kohnstamm, DPA chairman mentioned in a note. “That is prohibited by law.”
Google responded to all these allegations by saying that it did provided individuals elaborated information about the piece of data it was gathering and also informed them about its purpose.