Dutch DPA investigate Google and Facebook privacy policies
Google has been threatened with a fine of almost £12 million by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) for breaching the local data protection act, a move which will push Google to change its handling of public data before the end of February 2015.
Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Dutch DPA, has said that “Google catches us in an invisible web of our personal data without telling us and without asking us for our consent. This has been on-going since 2012 and we hope our patience will no longer be tested.”
The Telegraph has reported that Facebook's response was that it has international headquarters in Dublin, where its policies are regularly reviewed by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner; and that they are confident their new policies comply with the relevant laws.