Monthly Archives: January 2014

Google seeks London Privacy Lawyer – Ad speaks volumes to Google’s legal strategy

Google is advertising (on its own site obviously) for a General Counsel in London who will have as part of his or her remit, the role of “privacy engineering”.  The internet giant says the lucky candidate will get to work with a “whip-smart group of in-house lawyers” – so smart you could argue that […]

By |January 31st, 2014|Privacy|0 Comments|

Google fined for “illegal data gathering”

The Korean Communications Commission has fined Google 212 million won (US$196,938) for illegally collecting personal data through street imaging technology.   The fine was levied after Google’s Street View data gathering process, which took place in South Korea between 2009 and 2010, slurped up private data such as contact details, passwords and probably a great […]

By |January 30th, 2014|Privacy|0 Comments|

Calendar Privacy Flaw – another error by Google

Google has once again had to promise to address an error leading to a privacy risk, this time on Google Calendar.  The website, the Verge, reports that users who use the service to create personal reminders and who put a person’s email address in the Calendar subject line automatically invite that person to the […]

By |January 27th, 2014|Privacy|0 Comments|

Is the Treasury being leant on by Google?

We understand from the BBC that the Treasury is angry at what it calls “grandstanding” by Margaret Hodge and her committee over foreign companies and taxation.  Apparently the Treasury thinks big business will be put off coming to Britain because of the threat of public humiliation at the hands of Hodge and the Public […]

By |January 23rd, 2014|Tax|0 Comments|

Gmail Google+ privacy risk. Now your email address could be shared whether you like it or not.

We are not fans of Google’s Gmail service.  The reason is that we have deep concerns about the company’s attitude to privacy and that email involves the sharing of information that can be private and confidential.  Now it seems that Google is taking steps that exacerbate this risk.  Any Gmail users need to be […]

By |January 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

EU Justice Commissioner says Google privacy fines are “pocket money”. Calls on countries to “get serious”

The European Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, has admitted in a speech that tiny fines have had no impact on Google’s approach to privacy and has called on European regulators to get real.  In a speech on the dry topic of EU data protect reform, Reding woke the audience up with the following views on […]

By |January 21st, 2014|Privacy|0 Comments|

Yet another privacy breach by Google…

On the day when Google was losing in London’s High Court, on the other side of the Atlantic the company was facing further censure for invading consumers’ privacy.

The Register reports on Google breaking Canadian laws by targeting consumers with ads based on sensitive health information.  You couldn’t make this stuff up.  This highlights again […]

By |January 17th, 2014|Privacy|0 Comments|

International media reports on G Day victory for the campaign’s claimants

G Day turned out to be a big day of media coverage of our case.  More to come too as Google are still determined not to do the right thing it seems and are planning to apply to the Court of Appeals for the right to appeal yesterday’s decision.  Obviously the Judge’s comments in […]

By |January 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

G Day for Google: it can’t ignore English justice

The High Court decision has sparked quite a debate about Google’s liability in the UK for any privacy breaches.  We hope it will now take heed of the potential consequence of its actions and will decide to do the right thing by respecting our rights to privacy.    This is what we’ve called for […]

By |January 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

High Court Decision Statement – Click in to activate links

Link to full statement via Baili

PDF of full statement: High Court of Justice – Vidall-Hall v Google Inc

 

By |January 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|