Google faces Irish inquiry over possible breach of privacy laws

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 23/05/2019 14:21

The Irish data protection commission has opened an investigation into Google over suspected infringements of European Union privacy rules.

The statutory inquiry will probe whether Google’s online Ad Exchange violated general data protection regulations (GDPR) covering the sharing of personal data of internet users, the watchdog said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Google’s main regulator in the European Union, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, opened its first investigation into the U.S. internet giant on Wednesday over how it handles personal data for the purpose of advertising.

The probe was the result of a number of submissions against the company, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) said, including from privacy-focused web browser Brave, which complained last year that Google and other digital advertising firms were playing fast and loose with people’s data.

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