By Robert Bond, CCEP
From Compliance & Ethics Professional, a publication for SCCE members.
In particular, on the 15th December 2014, the Dutch Data Protection Authority published its decision to impose an incremental penalty on Google Inc. that could amount to up to €15 million if Google fails to end violations of the Dutch Data Protection Act before the end of February 2015.
The French Data Protection Authority announced in June 2013 its own decision to require Google to be more transparent regarding the way that it processes and shares personal data, particularly with regards to the data collected using Doubleclick and Google Analytics cookies.
In making the announcement, Steve Eckersley, Head of Enforcement at the ICO said, amongst other things, “Whilst our investigation concluded that this case hasn’t resulted in substantial damage and distress to consumers, it is still important for organisations to properly understand the impact of their actions and the requirement to comply with Data Protection Law.”
The announcement from the ICO regarding the undertaking from Google also stated that, “this investigation has identified some important learning points not only for Google, but also for all organisations operating online, particularly when they seek to combine and use data across services. It is vital that there is a clear and effective information available to enable users to understand the implications of their data being combined.”
In an age where personal data is such an important asset to businesses, they must not forget that individuals have not only data privacy rights but also human rights in their information.