Entries with tag data protection agency.

European Data Regulators Press Google on Privacy

Data regulators in France and Italy are among the latest European officials to require more transparency from Google regarding its collection and handling of large amounts of user data. Italy has requested additional data from Google and said it is considering sanctions for any breaches of its user privacy rules. The French data protection agency has already found Google in violation of its rules. The search giant now has three months to change its policies and practices or be subject to sanctions by France’s Commission Nationale de l'informatique et des Libertés, its data protection agency designed to ensure that the collection, storage, and use of personal data doesn’t violate privacy laws. The sanctions could include a fine of up to €150,000 (about $198,000) plus a second fine of €300,000 (about $395,000) if Google continues to not comply. Meanwhile, Spain initiated a sanction procedure against Google for infringement of Spanish data protection laws. The UK, Germany, and the Netherlands are also planning some type of action against Google. Additionally, 37 European data protection agencies  signed a joint letter expressing concern about Google Glass to company CEO Larry Page . The company is developing Google Glass as a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. (Reuters)(Fast Company)(The Guardian)

Google Not Responsible for “Right to Be Forgotten”

A senior European judicial official issued a formal opinion stating that Google and other search providers are not responsible for third-party information  in their search results and that there is no general “right to be forgotten” in current data protection laws. The right to be forgotten addresses the storage of personal public data by organizations, including telecommunications providers, and places limits on the time the data is available. Under the EU’s Data Protection Directive, originally adopted in 1995, search engine service providers are not responsible for any personal data that may appear on the webpages they return in response to queries, stated European Court of Justice advocate general Niilo Jääskinen, in a formal opinion written to the court. National data protection authorities in Europe cannot require a search engine to remove third-party information from its index, such as a newspaper article, unless it is incomplete, inaccurate, libelous, or criminal. Jääskinen issued his opinion in response to a 2009 Spanish case in which an individual asked Google to remove old financial information about his debts that were originally published in a newspaper article from its index. Spain’s data-protection agency found in the individual’s favor and asked Google to remove the third-party information so that it wouldn’t appear again in search results. Google contested the ruling in court. Jääskinen’s opinion is not binding on the European Court of Justice, which is expected to issue a ruling later this year. (Financial Times)(BBC)(The Associated Press @ The San Jose Mercury-News)(PC World)(European Network and Information Security Agency)

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