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 the simple commercial truth about Google: the more private info it can get its servers onto, the more it will profit.
And, surprise surprise, what’s the sanction imposed on Google? The proverbial slap on the wrist. Put your house in order. No fines. No wonder the company appears to be a repeat privacy offender.
The only way to get Google to sit up, take notice and behave is to hit them hard in the only place they can hurt: their pockets. Come on regulators. Use some teeth.