Google's New Privacy Policy Violates EU Law

On BBC Radio this morning, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said that the EU had investigated Google's new Privacy Policy—which gives Google access to the activity of all its users across all its services—and found that it was in violation of privacy laws.

According to Reuters, Reding offered the following examples when pressed about how Google was breaking EU laws.

"In numerous respects. One is that nobody had been consulted, it is not in accordance with the law on transparency and it utilizes the data of private persons in order to hand it over to third parties, which is not what the users have agreed to."

Now it will be curious to see if Google universally backtracks on the new policy, only changes it for EU users, or if they try and fight whatever mandates may be handed down to them in the courts. [Reuters]