Google’s decision to share user data across Google services, revealed in an update to its policy back in March 2012, isn’t strictly kosher with Dutch privacy law, the Dutch Data Protection Authority said Thursday. Google doesn’t “properly inform users which personal data the company collects and combines, and for what purposes,” according to a statement by the DPA issued via press release.
Google is definitely in violation of the law according to the body, but Google itself denies the validity of that claim, according to an emailed statement received by Computerworld. Google also says it’s in constant communication with the Dutch DPA and will continue to work with the organization going forward to resolve the issue. The next step is a hearing at which Google will face the DPA’s decision about how to proceed in terms of corrective or disciplinary measures.