Google’s January 2012 decision to combine the privacy policies of some 60 different products — in order for it to be able to gather more intel on webs users for targeting ads — quickly triggered a data protection review in October 2012, led the French data protection watchdog. That action was followed by individual investigations by multiple data protection watchdogs in Europe — with six member states, including the Netherlands, launching probes into Google’s handling of personal data in April last year.
The CBP is also concerned that YouTube be clearly labeled as a Google service — albeit the Dutch DPA notes that Google seems to have already taken action on this point.
Commenting in a statement, CBP president Jacob Kohnstamm said: “Google captures us in an invisible web of our personal information without telling us that and without asking our permission. This has been running since 2012 and we hope that our patience will no longer be put to the test.”
The CBP does add that Google has sent a letter to the six data protection authorities which launched reviews — namely France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the U.K. — noting that the letters include details of a “large number of measures” aimed at addressing European privacy legislation compliance.
However the CBP said it has not yet determined whether Google’s proposed measures would resolve its privacy violations.