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.

Requests have been made for Google to receive explicit consent from users before using their data, instead of obtaining consent through their privacy policy, which also is in need of specific details of how data will be used; including its link with YouTube.

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 Dutch DPA has also released a statement announcing that it would like to investigate Facebook's new privacy policy, asking them to hold the policy from its original implementation date of 1 January 2015, until it is clear how the policies will affect Dutch users and their data.

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.

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