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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Google Risks Facing EU Privacy Crackdown

Google Risks Facing EU Privacy Crackdown

Google Risks Facing EU Privacy Crackdown

Added: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Google may soon get a nasty surprise from the European privacy regulators. Last October, the data protection agencies warned the search giant that its new confidentiality policy didn’t comply with European legislation and gave it 4 months to either make changes or face legal action. In response, the search engine did neither, but claimed the company complied with all laws known to man, including the law of gravity.

European media reports reveal that France’s CNIL data protection outfit claimed after 4 months Google had failed to comply with the EU Data Protection Directive to implement effective recommendations. As such, EU data protection outfits decided to set up a working group in order to “coordinate their coercive actions” that should be started in spring.

In the meantime, European data agencies are planning to hold a meeting soon to approve the action plan. The matter is that Google’s privacy policy that was rolled out a year ago allowed the company to track users and develop targeted advertising.

Soon the Google’s move was slammed in the American and European consumer advocacy groups. For instance, in the United States, the search giant has paid $22.5 million in fines and has re-worded the policy to eliminate the problem.

According to the search giant, its privacy policy simplifies and unifies its policies across its numerous services including Gmail, YouTube, Android mobile systems, social networks and Internet search.

However, the European Union claimed that Google’s policy, which offered no choice to opt out except for refraining from signing into Google services, granted the company unprecedented ability to snoop on its users.

The search giant explained that its move ensured the same level of control over its users that was enjoyed by Apple or Facebook, but the experts admit it wasn’t a strong argument. The EU demands Google to improve data offered to users, especially on the categories of information being processed, as well as for what purposes and services. The data protection agencies also want Google to specify precise periods it is going to hold onto personal information.

According to CNIL, the search giant failed to provide any precise and effective answers to their recommendations, and the situation might get much worse for Google: at the moment, EU competition authorities are separately looking at whether the company has used its search engine to boost its own services.

Google responded with proposals to end the European probe into its dominance of Internet search advertising platforms, but it is unclear whether this line has worked yet.

March 5th,2013

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Date:  Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-03-05 22:51:13)
cggc avatarunion Europe! not in each Europe country policy with each google Europe country location policy. where google was't best search engine. and,using different country ip address for surf bilingual website and fine what our country policy don't let us find e.g. info devices ot torrent etc.. not yet release at USA.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2013-03-06 01:14:59)
trialNerror avatarI'm gonna be an ass (might even look like an ass, I don't care) and make a statement that Google reminds me of Paris Hilton. An ugly, stuck up, over-wealthy, think they rule the world, piece of trash. I haven't used Google in ages. Everywhere you go on the internet is a freaking Google tracking cookie trying to see where you're going so it can shove "related" advertising onto your screen... Freakin bullsh!t, man. It would make a bold statement if EVERYONE stopped using Google and went back to yahoo, askjeeves, webcrawler, of hell even bing. And I will never use Chrome - I don't care if it's 1.5 seconds faster to load a page compared to FireFox.

Just for the record, I do have the google-analytics tracking cookies blocked; I don't know what ads look like; I don't even know what pop-ups are like anymore. However, I will admit I do miss seeing that desktop stripper that ET gave us ... is it still there? I don't know. I have all that unnecessary 3rd party website junk blocked.

I guess the only positive part is "Nothing Lasts Forever", and yes, one day Google will fall. I'll be so happy that day. I'll sit back with a bag of popcorn, a frosty cold root beer float, and enjoy the show. It will probably make me so happy it'll put a little tingle in my dingle.

The negative side of that coin is some other monopolizing giant will take its place. *sigh*

posted by (2013-03-06 04:44:34)
alexanderlecard avatarARE YOU FRACKING KIDDING ME. oh big bad Google tracking me blah blah. who made you soooo important? blocking not using Google no matter wake up real world here. all online and offline do it. all the online companies do it NOONE IS IMMUNE! off line tracking....utility companies, grocery stores ( savings cards ) govt all agencies ( DMV,IRS,social security ) traffic cams, gas stations,cell phone companies,your doctor,insurance companies. on and on. its the world we live in get over it the world is changing.if you think your somehow immune your fooling yourself and living in a bubble. as far as Google falling mr living in his bubble cause he blocks cookies there. ( rolls eyes ) maybe in 50 years.MAYBE in next 3,5,10 ,20 highly highly unlikely but then again im not surprised these are the republican conservatives walk around in their bubble everyday.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2013-03-06 04:59:57)
trialNerror avatarDude chill the fnck out. We are all watched wherever we go, no sh!t, Sherlock. But when online, Google is the beast of it.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2013-03-06 05:01:16)
trialNerror avatarIt's a semi-free world. Let us have our own opinions. Don't like it? Good. I do hope I annoy people because it's the least I can do after all these years of getting a migraine from others annoying me.

posted by (2013-03-06 08:41:32)
Darkan9el avatarTis the battle of the age, they try and steal our info by providing services and TOS'es we HAVE to agree to to use those services; no opt-out clauses here... and we reluctantly agree and then proceed to block them.

Best way is to just not put any information you want known on the net, or put alternative info on and then block the cr*p out of them. Do you think any info I have here is actually legit? do you think that's air you're breathing?

Sometimes they win and get a load of money, sometimes we win and get jack sh*t. All's fair on the net lol!

posted by (2013-03-06 13:12:36)
alexanderlecard avatarGoogle isn't the beast of it no more then your browser or Microsoft or windows. that's my point DON'T SINGLE GOOGLE OUT LIKE THEY ARE BIG BROTHER THEY ALL ARE DOING IT!! Google is no worse then anyone else, i hate these people act like Google is soo evil they didn't start this our society did. its the world we live in. stop playing victim and waiting and hoping somehow Google falls like the evil empire. how many many of you were asked if any of the companies and entitys i mentioned could share your info and put it online and share it with law enforcement,federal govt etc etc? none ,zero that's my point you wanna hate Google fine so be it. but use FACTS NOT EMOTION OR BEING A FAN BOY FOR A COMPETITOR I.E. APPLE,MICROSOFT.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2013-03-06 15:40:19)
trialNerror avatarHah. Oh, alexander. The FACT is EVERY website has a GOOGLE ANALYTICS COOKIE, m'kay? The FACT is THAT ANNOYS ME, m'kay? See, I can type in CAPS TOO. The FACT is NO OTHER ONLINE COMPANY is making BILLIONS annually on researching YOUR browsing habits and using DIRECT ADVERTISING TACTICS. This has NOTHING to do with fanboy-ism. I only posted I don't like Google. What's your deal with that? I can't possibly be the only person on the planet that doesn't like Google.

Here's another fact - you're only being watched if you let them watch you. You do not have to use Apple or Micro$oft. You do not have to use Google. You do not have to use a cell phone. There was a time not too long ago when people got by just fine without cellphones. I get by just fine without one. You also do not have to shop at that club card savings grocery store. I don't. WinCo has better deli meats than Safeway, Freddy's, and Albertson's anyway. DMV only knows what kind of car you drive, so what? Insurance isn't doing anything to keep tabs on me since I haven't been to a doctor since almost 20 years ago. I don't even know the name of my pcp (personal care provider) because I never use him/her.

Just trying to cover the basis on the subjects which you were so pleasantly kind to bring up earlier. My post may have been slightly ridiculous, but hot damn, so was yours.

posted by (2013-03-06 19:19:35)
alexanderlecard avatari don't think mine was ridiculous. and first off if you think your not and have been tracked then you are a mountain man living in a cave everyone otherwise HAS BEEN TRACKED...PERIOD BTW some capitals are like bold character to emphasize a point. 2. if you think all the dmv has is car you drive your really in a cave. 3.if you think your not being tracked because you have Google tracking api enabled in your living in the world of peter pan land too. your isp tracks you, what sites you visit noone is invisible online NO-ONE. 4. if you haven't been to a Doctor, dentist,eye-care specialist emergency room or never signed hippa then id say you have no teeth and you'll be dead at 50. otherwise uhhhhh ok your off the grid. The reason i know this better then anyone is i do it everyday Dept Homeland Security 14 years now cyber-security. you have a great day.

posted by ET junkiemen (2013-03-06 19:49:59)
xxxskfxxx avatarstripper is still there.pay as you go dongle is that trackable

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-03-06 22:40:46)
Embolism avatarI have referred to it before and here goes again just use firefox browser with do not track plus plug in,it prevents no only google analytics but blocks other companies and social networking sites from monitoring you,on this page alone I am blocking 4 including google analytics,facebook connect,google+1 and twitter badge.The application is from Abine.com and the blocklist is extensive it costs nothing and saves cutting off ones nose to spite ones face

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-03-06 22:52:51)
Embolism avatarthere is a method to healthy paranoia, but to stop using Google altogether is pointless since bing and yahoo do the same in monitoring a users site preferences as well as media companies and others,google is still the best search engine by far, but they do not track my usage or site preferences.

posted by ET junkiemen (2013-03-06 23:35:25)
4GET avatarfor those who are paranoid there is ad on you can get fron firefox look it up gary kovaks gives a great speech as for microsoft would not trust them as far i throw them

posted by (2013-03-07 05:53:11)
alexanderlecard avataragain how many ways to say it. no matter what you use or do your tracked. i can get a file on anyone tells me more then their parents know in about 6 hours its called the power of my govt. but ill shut up and keep letting everyone think they really have control. btw eagle eye the movie only tells you about 40% of what we can do remember that.

posted by Turtle (2013-03-07 06:58:15)
magengar avatarLOL.... "Big Brother" is a thing of the past. Everyone
and Everything is tracking you, and it is now known as
"One Nation Earth".
(I'm not being sarcastic; just injecting a little light humor here, tha's all)

posted by (2013-03-08 05:16:27)
Unsub avatarI know everybody keeps saying that everybody does it but Google has taken it to another level. Does everybody have their OS on God knows how many phones? And to download apps (from Google Play) on those phones you have to have a Gmail account. Of course they all come with Google Maps and Latitude. For your PC they have Google Voice. Google Voice can forward your calls to your home phone or cell, record your messages, dictate those messages and forward them to email, etc...Hell, you can even use Google Voice to text to a cell phone. The company I work for (10,000+ employees) uses Google to host our email. And it's not a Gmail account, it's [email protected]'sdomain.com. So to say they all do it is like comparing a 10 year old's lemonade stand to the Coca Cola Company. Those so-called tracking cookies aren't even the tip of the iceburg.

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