Oops: Google’s New Privacy Policy Breaks the Law

European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has stated that Google’s new privacy policy is in breach of European law. Data protection agencies came to this conclusion after observing a severe lack of transparency on Google’s part, among other “deeply concerning” issues.

Google, which says its change in policy is based on “simplifying things,” has not made it possible for users to opt out. The company also failed to consult with justice and privacy commissioners. And Google’s new policy allows it to give away the private data of users to third parties – unbeknownst to users.

The Silicon Valley software giant claims that its privacy policy “is now much easier to understand.” But Viviane argues that more than just simplification is going on. “Illegality is taking over,” she said of the technology industry mishandling users’ personal information.

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