Google vs EU (over Privacy)

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DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#1 Feb 18, 2013
EU 'may take action' against Google over privacy policy

EU watchdogs plan to take action against Google by this summer over the web giant's current privacy policy, French privacy regulator CNIL has said.

Since March, Google has been combining data from across its sites to potentially better target adverts - which regulators see as "high risk" to people's privacy.

Last October, the firm was given four months to revise its policy.

Google said its actions did comply with EU law.

The new policy was implemented after the company combined 60 separate privacy policies into one agreement.

CNIL said the internet giant had not yet made the changes demanded by the regulators.

"Google did not provide any precise and effective answers," CNIL said on Monday.

"In this context, the EU data protection authorities are committed to act and continue their investigations. Therefore, they propose to set up a working group, led by the CNIL, in order to coordinate their reaction, which should take place before summer."

But Google said the firm did respect European law.

"We have engaged fully with the CNIL throughout this process, and we'll continue to do so going forward," the firm told the BBC.

In total, 12 recommendations were outlined in a letter signed by 24 of the EU's 27 data regulators, following a nine-month investigation into Google's data collection practices.

Among the proposed changes were the following:

Google must "reinforce users' consent". It suggests this could be done by allowing its members to choose under what circumstances data about them was combined by asking them to click on dedicated buttons.

The firm should offer a centralised opt-out tool and allow users to decide which of Google's services provided data about them.

Google should adapt its own tools so that it could limit data use to authorised purposes. For example, it should be able to use a person's collated data to improve security efforts but not to target advertising
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21499190
Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 18, 2013
What exactly does this have to do with Minneapolis?

You know, the topic of this forum?
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#3 Feb 18, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
What exactly does this have to do with Minneapolis?
You know, the topic of this forum?
kinda like your posts
Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Feb 18, 2013
US politics at least affect Minneapolis residents.

A privacy suit against Google in Europe doesn't any in way shape or form impact Minneapolis.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#5 Feb 18, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
US politics at least affect Minneapolis residents.
A privacy suit against Google in Europe doesn't any in way shape or form impact Minneapolis.
is google not an american company?
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#6 Feb 18, 2013
Who is slew to critize anyone?
Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Feb 18, 2013
I don't know; I'm not Slew.

Google is based in California, not Minnesota, and the EU suit has nothing to do with Minnesota.

Go post some of your equally irrelevant Armenian crap - at least that is funny.
Go For It

Ankeny, IA

#8 Feb 18, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
I don't know; I'm not Slew.
Google is based in California, not Minnesota, and the EU suit has nothing to do with Minnesota.
Go post some of your equally irrelevant Armenian crap - at least that is funny.
Seattle is very relevant to MN
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Feb 18, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
US politics at least affect Minneapolis residents.
A privacy suit against Google in Europe doesn't any in way shape or form impact Minneapolis.
I suppose next you will say that Google is not used in Minneapolis, and things that influence company policy of one of the world's most influential companies doesn't affect Minneapolis, why? We don't have internet here? No one uses Gmail accounts here?
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#10 Feb 18, 2013
It's a privacy suit in Europe, so NO.... Nothing about it pertains to MN, moron. Of course, being non-union scum, you SHOULD support Google.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Feb 18, 2013
I am sure no one in Minnesota has a phone with an Android operating system, owns stock in Google, or has a Gmail account. Good point as usual, slewche.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#12 Feb 18, 2013
Feel free to explain how the European lawsuit will affect any of your list... BE CERTAIN of your "effects". Ps- I own GOOG.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#13 Feb 18, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
It's a privacy suit in Europe, so NO.... Nothing about it pertains to MN, moron. Of course, being non-union scum, you SHOULD support Google.
Not being union equals scum?

what a typical elitist
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Feb 19, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Feel free to explain how the European lawsuit will affect any of your list... BE CERTAIN of your "effects". Ps- I own GOOG.
I am sure GOOG is up 40% since you bought them too. Pick your window and make it so, low integrity poster.
Bushwhacked

Seattle, WA

#15 Feb 19, 2013
Pretty funny you "think" a @$800 stock has big swings ! LMAOROTFU~! I've owned it for 2 years (or +63.6), you can do the math and show your work, jealous moron. LMAOROTFU~! I like loud mouthed troll dummies....
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Feb 19, 2013
Bushwhacked wrote:
Pretty funny you "think" a @$800 stock has big swings ! LMAOROTFU~! I've owned it for 2 years (or +63.6), you can do the math and show your work, jealous moron. LMAOROTFU~! I like loud mouthed troll dummies....
Pretty funny, you think owning Google stock(if you do) makes you an expert on the effects of an EU ruling against Google. The EU ruling against Microsoft knocked quite a bit off of their price. I hope you have a good financial advisor making these picks for you, because your reading comprehension wouldn't get you out of the 4th grade these days.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Feb 19, 2013
Google risks huge fine under new EU data rules: top official
By Claire Davenport | Reuters 1 hr 35 mins ago...

BRUSSELS (Reuters)- Google's latest privacy policy could land it with a fine of upto $1 billion under a new law allowing Europe-wide challenges to U.S.-based Internet giants, Europe's top justice official said on Tuesday.

Viviane Reding, the European Union's commissioner for justice, said rules being finalized by the European parliament and EU countries would allow a single EU data regulator to fine companies on behalf of all national watchdogs.

"The one-stop-shop regulator could threaten a company which does not obey the rules with a fine of up to two percent of global turnover," Reding told journalists.

Asked what kind of offence would receive the full two percent fine Reding pointed to Google. "The test case (Google) is a clear one."

The overhaul of the existing EU data protection regime could come into effect next year and would allow for bigger single fines.

It would also require all countries to have fines. Some states do not now levy penalties.

Google's total revenue in 2012 amounted to $50 billion which would make a two percent fine $1 billion.

Under current European rules, only individual countries can levy fines against companies that violate data privacy laws. Fines range from 300,000 euros to 600,000 euros.

Reding said that the ongoing dispute between EU data protection regulators and search engine Google showed the weaknesses of the current system, which relies on each country identifying and punishing privacy breaches.

She added that Google's decision to ignore a warning by regulators in October to change its privacy policy was a clear-cut case for a fine.

Google said it had not ignored warnings and had since amended its privacy policy.

European data watchdogs have said they plan to take "repressive" action against Google by this summer for its privacy policy, which took effect last March and allows the search engine to pool user data from across all its services ranging from YouTube to Gmail.

While regulators say Google's policy infringes users' privacy, the company said it is not breaking any laws.

The new law now would place greater responsibility on companies such as Facebook to protect users' information and threaten those who breach the code with fines.

U.S. companies have been lobbying heavily against the regulation which forces them to seek water-tight permission from users for collecting their data and also gives users more rights to obtain and delete their own data from services like Facebook.

The European Parliament is currently reviewing the rules drafted by the European Commission. They will then need the consent of EU member nations before becoming law, a process that could take up to a year.
Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Feb 19, 2013
Non-starter couldn't debate his way out of a wet paper bag.
Awful Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Feb 19, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
Non-starter couldn't debate his way out of a wet paper bag.
And neither can I.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Feb 19, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
Non-starter couldn't debate his way out of a wet paper bag.
I don't intend on being in any paper bags, wet or otherwise. Is that a skill you have been working on Jumbo? It makes sense with all the arguments you lose on here. Great that you can debate your way out of a paper bag, now work on posting something that you originated, not from a think progress daily blog or Huffington post article. It is nice that they think for you and slewsie though, since your own thoughts are obviously lacking.

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