Watchdog: Google breaching Dutch privacy law

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Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch privacy watchdog says Google has been breaching the country's law on personal data protection since it introduced a new privacy policy last year.

Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the College for the Protection of Personal Data, said Thursday that Google's combining of data from different services, including surfing multiple websites, to tailor ads "spins an invisible web of our personal information, without our permission, and that is outlawed."

Kohnstamm's organization says it has invited Google to a hearing after which the watchdog will decide on possible enforcement action.

Google spokesman Al Verney says the company's privacy policy "respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services."

The Netherlands is one of six European nations investigating Google's privacy policy along with France, Spain, Germany, Britain and Italy.

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