Monday, November 19, 2018

Google is watching you!

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On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) sent out a press release, showing that Google Incorporated and Google Netherlands BV received an order with a penalty for breach of privacy laws.

With its Street View cars, Google gathered for two years, systematically and without the knowledge of those involved, the unique number of 3.6 million Wi-Fi routers in the Netherlands that also contained the location. On this basis, Google acquired data about the holder of the WI-FI router. This involves personal data such as email addresses, medical data and information on financial transactions.

Google has been summoned to inform all involved parties within three months about the collection of personal data it has accumulated. Furthermore, Google should also enable these parties to object to the processing of their personal data by internet by means of an opt-out system. If Google does not comply with these conditions, then Google is liable to payment of a penalty of up to a maximum of one million Euros. Google has the option to object and appeal against this decision of DPA.

 

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