Germany Wants Changes To Google’s Privacy Policy

Google’s “new” privacy policy, which went into effect in 2012, continues to draw controversy and government attention, particularly in Europe. This week, the company was ordered by regulators in Germany to limit how it combines user data from its various…

Google Faces Potential Fines, Criminal Charges In Italy [Report]

Google continues to walk down a rocky road in Europe as it now faces fines and potential criminal charges if it does not meed requirements set by regulators in Italy. The company has been dealing with numerous regulatory issues throughout…

Google Enabled Advertisers To Target Users Based On Sensitive Health Info

Google has agreed to take steps to stop “privacy-intrusive” ads related to information about users’ health, according to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner or Canada, which investigated claims from a man with sleep apnea that Google ads for related…

Nest: If Privacy Policy Changes Under Google, It Will Be Opt-In

Google announced a week ago that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Nest Labs, the company behind the Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect smart thermostat and smoke detector devices. Naturally, many Nest device users and otherwise curious parties…

Google Appeals Fine Over Privacy In France

Last week, CNIL, France’s data protection watchdog, fined Google as much as is in its power for what it considers privacy violations. Google is appealing the fine. While the fine is the maximum CNIL can charge Google – 150,000 euros…

Google Fined Over Privacy In France

Google has reportedly been fined 150,000 euros ($203,500) by CNIL, France’s data protection watchdog for what it deems to be privacy violations. This is apparently the most they can fine a company, though it can be doubled in the case…

Google Can Now Use Your Name And Face Wherever It Wants

Remember last month when Google updated its terms of service so that it can use users’ profile names and photos across Google products as it sees fit (like in ads)? Well, that is now in effect. Are you okay with…

Google Continues To Defend Its Decade-Long Gmail Privacy Stance In Court

Remember that decade when people were using Gmail, and not caring about Google algorithmically scanning messages and delivering ads based on them? It recently ended when Microsoft launched a campaign to promote its competing webmail product and trying to scare…

Google Tries To Sell Government On Glass Privacy. Are You Sold?

Back in May, the bipartisan congressional Privacy Caucus sent an open letter to Google CEO Larry Page asking for clarification on Google Glass and the privacy issues that come with the device. In early June, Google VP, Public Policy and…

Google May Have To Pay Fines In Europe If It Doesn’t Alter Its Privacy Policy

Early last year, Google implemented a new privacy policy, which involved consolidating the policies of many of its various products into one main one to span its various offerings, effectively making Google itself a more unified experience. The policy change,…