Under EU data privacy laws under consideration, companies like Google and Microsoft will be hit with fines that could top $1 billion USD.
The proposed laws follow a series of negligible fines received by both companies that Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner, dismissed as “pocket money.”
Indeed I have said as much in this space.
Earlier this month, Google was fined $20
What IT-related laws are good?
Take a look through the various privacy protection laws . Are these all good things for our government to pass? A couple of years ago, the government tried to pass SOPA to prevent on-line piracy. It was shot down in part because the law was too vague and could have caused a lot of people to be found guilty of such acts as sending files to each other.
When will people learn that Google feels that it is above the law and, if you don't like it, too bad. Seriously, when is the last time you read one of these stories that ended with Google saying "No problem, we will respect the laws of your state / country. Sorry about that!" Ummm, never.
Australians should have their rights to online privacy enshrined in legislation, according to a new Parliamentary report. Offenders would then risk being taken to court and sued for violating the privacy of their victims or collecting too much personal data.
Google has been warned it needs to rein in its user profiling activities in Germany because its current practice of joining the dots across multiple services is in violation of local privacy laws. Read More