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Berlin court rules Google privacy policy violates data protection law

Loek Essers | Nov. 21, 2013
Google's privacy policy and terms of service violate German data protection law, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled Tuesday.

Google's latest privacy policy has been a point of dispute across Europe. The company faces financial sanctions in France because it failed to comply with French data protection laws. Privacy authority CNIL has issues with several Google policies, in particular how Google informs users about data that it processes and how it obtains consent from users before storing tracking cookies.

Similar action has been taken in Spain. In Germany, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information began a formal action against Google in July over changes that were made to its privacy policy last year.  


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