Global Data Protection Authorities Write to Google
ONLINE PRIVACYApril 20, 2010
The data protection authorities of 10 nations are expressing disappointment with the privacy practices of Google Inc. and other international corporations. The privacy regulators of Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom made their feelings known in a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Monday. They called on the company to "incorporate fundamental privacy principles directly into the design of new online services" and to set an example "as a leader in the online world." Several of the commissioners will gather to detail their concerns at a press conference today in Washington, DC. A Google spokesperson told the Daily Dashboard that the company tries very hard to build meaningful controls into its products and that Google is eager to launch a new transparency tool. According to reports, this tool relates to subpoena requests around the world.