As has been proven over and over again, expecting Google to comply with local laws is a complete waste of time.
It simply ignores requests that don’t suit it, and/or gears up its legal and PR engines and it’s bidnes as usual.
The New Statesman story continues:
“The policy was announced last January (though it only came into effect in March), and allowed Google to mix personal data from all its subsidiaries, particularly Youtube, which had hitherto been cordoned off. The new internal user profiles this enabled the company to create are of great value to advertisers, but the company also trumpeted the improved experience it could offer users, saying at the time »»»
Our privacy policies have always allowed us to combine information from different products with your account — effectively using your data to provide you with a better service.
However, we’ve been restricted in our ability to combine your YouTube and search histories with other information in your account.
… available to you and anyone else Google says is qualified to ‘request’ it —
The article goes on »»»
The EU didn’t agree, and asked the company to hold off implementation until it had held an investigation on whether it complied with EU data protection law.
The probe, which began in mid-March, finally reported back in October, and found that the new policy did indeed breach EU law. The French data protection commission, the CNIL, which led the investigation, had recommended a number of changes, such as easier opt-outs for advertising.
But the company insists its policy already complies with EU law.
You can always rely on Google to extend the middle finger.
No need to stay tuned.
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