Google’s privacy policy undermined, EU group claims

Written by By Andy Levy, CNN Lawyers for European users have sued Google, alleging that the web giant violated the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after it supposedly reported that the right…

Google's privacy policy undermined, EU group claims

Written by By Andy Levy, CNN

Lawyers for European users have sued Google, alleging that the web giant violated the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after it supposedly reported that the right to be forgotten online had been achieved.

The complaint, filed in Dublin on Friday by advocacy groups noisomeinternet.com and Article 29 Working Party, claims that Google and other companies breached the GDPR when they reported it had succeeded in “falling back” on the previous trans-Atlantic agreement, known as Safe Harbor.

Under Safe Harbor, companies were able to continue to process user data within the EU, or take steps to guarantee privacy, if complying with local laws. That agreement was invalidated last October when the European Court of Justice ruled it contravened EU law.

When the ruling was made, Google said that “the privacy of our users will remain at the center of all our privacy practices, and we’ll continue to operate a strong privacy program, including the consideration of data protection cases in Europe.”

As part of its defense of Safe Harbor, Google claimed it had been working to meet standards set by the EU. So the company had stopped providing privacy impact assessments, and instead only “emergency data access requests” to the EU’s data protection authority, it said.

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