Google privacy policy breaches European law

New Google policy to share private data across all platforms against EU law says regulator

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Google privacy policy breaches European law Google's new policy to share data across all its platforms came into force yesterday.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 2, 2012

Google's new privacy policy is in breach of European law, the BBC reports.

The new policy, which will see Google sharing private data collected from users across all of its sites, contradict European law on transparency, according to Viviane Reding, the EU's justice commissioner.

Under Google's new policy, implemented yesterday, any data collected by one Google service can be shared with any of Google's other platforms. The policy was changed as Google created a single set of unified guidelines to cover all sites.

French privacy regulators began investigating the policy as it believed it would not be compliant with European data protection legislation.

Google has denied that the policy breaches European law, stating: "We are confident that our new simple, clear and transparent privacy policy respects all European data protection laws and principles."

At present there is no opt-out of data sharing for users of Google services.

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