German Watchdog Unhappy with Google ProfilingAdded: Thursday, October 9th, 2014
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The European troubles of the tech giant expand: now the German data protection watchdog has criticized the search engine Google for the way the company creates data profiles from its numerous services. Media reports confirmed that the data protection commissioner for the German city state of Hamburg has recently demanded Google to take the necessary technical and organizational measures to make sure that the Internet users were able to decide on their own if and to what extend their information can be used for profiling.
For example, the watchdog reminds that processing information which reveals financial wealth, sexual orientation and relationship status, as well as other aspects of private life, is against the law in Germany – unless users give their explicit consent. Google didn’t provide any comments on the issue thus far, but the Financial Times earlier quoted Google’s spokesman as saying that the company was studying the order trying to determine its next moves.
It should be noted that a few days ago European data privacy regulators handed the tech giant a list of guidelines in order to help Google fix the way it collects and stores user information and bring it in line with European law. Germany is therefore not the only country to question the company’s policy. A number of other EU states, including Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands, have all launched investigations into Google after it consolidated its 60 privacy policies into one and began to aggregate information collected on individual users across its various services, such as YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps.
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Thursday, October 9th, 2014
|"...but the Financial Times earlier quoted Google’s spokesman as saying that the company was studying the order trying to determine its next moves."|
That right there is corporate lingo, from Google.
"studying the order" - translation: "screw whatever laws don't let us do what we want"/"we'll find a way around any laws"/"Oh noes, we got slapped, let's see how we can pretend to be working with the law while in reality bogging any groups representing the law down with our 1337 legal tricks so we won't have to actually comply until it's much too late".
"to determine the next moves" - translation: "yes, we respect your laws. Now, shove off while we insert this big coke bottle up your law's bum and make it dance naked for pennies."
|posted by (2014-10-11 19:31:38)|
|yeah, what he^ said.|
|when the world and their dog are privvy to our data thanks to GCHQ and the NSA who have no doubt profiled all by now or at least those of interest and who have hacked Googles servers outside of the USA can the Germans be serious if it wasn`t for Angela Merkals phone hacking scandal they would`nt even care since they and all of the NSA`s Cyber partnership countries including Germany have already hacked us all,I say whats good for the Goose is good for the Gander they hack google and private citizens and that is ok,it is Ok for us to be hacked and profiled by them and our privacy to be stripped but not for anyone else to do it,my view is if you take out a Google account or use their search engine you expect to be tracked and or profiled so knowing that's their policy use duckduck go plus and don`t get tracked and profiled simples.||
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