In a move apparently carefully designed to hurt this blog’s rankings in the leading search engine algorithm, Panopticon must – yet again – note Google’s noble efforts to single-handedly ensure the development of data protection and privacy law.
Robin Hopkins has noted the AG’s Opinion on Google and the right to be forgotten case. I have noted the enforcement action taken by the ICO against Google in relation to the data harvested by its Street View cars.
The ICO’s press release is here, and the text of their announcement is:
In particular, we believe that the updated policy does not provide sufficient information to enable UK users of Google’s services to understand how their data will be used across all of the company’s products.
Google’s core values famously included the phrase “Don’t be evil”. Potential breaches of the DPA are perhaps not quite in that league (or at least, not usually), but Google is certainly having a difficult time finding its way through the DPA thicket. If only they could just Google the answer…