Google risks $19 million in fines over Dutch privacy demands

Google risks $19 million in fines over Dutch privacy demands

Google may have to shell out a pretty penny in The Netherlands if it fails to update its privacy policy by the end of February, reports Bloomberg.

The search giant has a little over two months to comply with Dutch data regulators’ demands, which include asking users for their “unambiguous consent”, and giving them “clear and consistent information” about the way personal information is being used by the company.

If it fails to fix its privacy policy in time, Google will have to pay €15 million ($18.7 million) in fines.

Google faced similar issues in France last year, when the country’s data protection watchdog CNIL accused the company of preventing French users from knowing how their personal data may be used.

Other European countries including Spain, Germany, the UK and Italy followed suit, and Google has since written to the six national regulators, informing them about “a large number of measures to comply with European privacy laws.”

The Dutch authorities have not yet established whether these will be enough for Google to fully comply with their standards.

We’ve reached out to Google for comment, and will update this post as soon as we hear back.

Google Risks Fines After Dutch Issue Privacy Ultimatum [Bloomberg, via Search Engine Land]

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