Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy watchdog starts investigation of Google privacy norms

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Rome, April 2 - Italy's privacy watchdog on Tuesday
opened a preliminary investigation into U.S. search giant
Google's privacy protection policies.
In particular, the Italian investigation is focusing on the
pertinence, necessity and quantity of data the search giant
collects from its users as well as on the methods it uses to
inform them about the data it collects and the process by which
it seeks their consent for collecting data about them.
The Italian initiative, the privacy watchdog said in a
statement, is being taken in unison with privacy watchdogs in
other European countries including France, Germany, the U.K.,
Spain and the Netherlands.
Between March and October 2012, the group which brings
together the privacy watchdogs of all 27 EU-member states had
analyzed Google's privacy policies to make sure they adhered to
those required by the EU.
Google's new privacy policy allows the company to, among
other things, cross-reference in an anonymous manner users' use
of services like Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps.
Following the analysis of Google's privacy practices, the
EU had asked the Mountain View, California-based company to
adopt, within four months, a series of modifications necessary
to bring the firm's practices into line with EU rules.
Once the period had expired, some Google representatives
had asked to meet the EU task force charged with reviewing the
practices.
Following the meeting, and despite Google's apparent
availability to adopt requested changes, the company didn't
carry out any of the requested modifications.
Subsequently, privacy watchdogs in each of the six
countries will undertake separate, parallel and closely
coordinated preliminary investigations into the search giant's
practices.

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