France, Spain to probe Google's privacy laws over suspected data breaches

London, June 21: France and Spain have launched investigations into software giant Google's privacy laws over suspected data breaches.

According to BBC, Spain has launched probe into Google laws related to particularly five data breaches whereas France has given the company three months to review its privacy policies.

Google's new data policy tracks users across all its platforms, including Gmail, Google+ and YouTube in order to better their targets for advertisements.

However, Google has said that its privacy practices respect European laws adding that combining 60 privacy policies was done to simplify privacy.

The French National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) has asked Google to provide the reasons for using the private data and the duration for which it is held.

CNIL also wants the company to allow its users to opt out of getting their data centralized at one location.

The Spanish Data Protection Agency found five serious breaches by Google which include, disproportionate use of private data, diversion of the data to other users, storing it for excessive and unidentified time period, obstructing users to exercise their rights and most importantly inability to handle the data in a legitimate way.

The fines for each of the breaches pointed by Spain is up to 2,56,000 Euros.

In 2012, EU had warned the company that its data protection laws did not comply with a directive and gave it four months to review it, to which the company never responded.

Other nations like Britain, Germany, Italy and Netherlands have also launched their individual probes in the company's privacy laws, the report added.

--ANI (Posted on 21-06-2013)

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