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|

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|

Google to face English Justice – High Court decision

A group of British internet users have won a landmark decision by the High Court that Google will have to answer a claim in England that accuses the internet giant of ignoring users’ privacy.

The High Court rejected Google’s attempts to have the case thrown out.   Google had argued that the appropriate forum should be […]

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

Reasons not to let Google take control of your home

Google wants to know what you get up to in your home.  Yes it has spent $3.2 billion on acquiring a business with the aim of being the platform for running all sorts of electronic devices in your private space.  It’s a big figure but probably makes great business sense for a company determined […]

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

G Day in the UK

Today’s the day that Google will learn if it can evade English justice.  In a landmark decision, an English High Court judge will this morning hand down his decision on whether Google can be sued in the UK or whether consumers who claim their privacy has been breached need to travel to California to […]

French Regulator Fines Google. British Regulator must also act, say consumers

The consumer action group, the Google Governance Campaign, has called on the British regulator, the Information Commissioner (ICO), to impose fines on Google for violating European privacy laws.

The internet giant has faced no sanction in the United Kingdom for its unified privacy policy, yet regulators in France have fined it €150k and in Spain […]

By |January 9th, 2014|Privacy|0 Comments|

Tough week for Google

Not only did Google have to try to persuade the English High Court that British consumers shouldn’t be able to sue it here, but it faced a number of other difficulties.  Here’s our weekly roundup.

Spanish data protection authority’s privacy sanctions imposed on Google: according to the Wall Street Journal, “The Spanish Agency for Data Protection […]

By |December 20th, 2013|Privacy|0 Comments|