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Wednesday, 10 August 2022 08:07 GMT

Google is target of new privacy accusations from EU consumer organizations


(MENAFN) Consumer rights organizations in Europe have launched a new round of privacy complaints against Google for what they describe its fraudulent account sign-up procedure.

The organizations say that the method leads consumers to agree to significant and intrusive data processing.

“Regardless of the path the consumer chooses, Google’s data processing is un-transparent and unfair, with consumers’ personal data being used for purposes which are vague and far reaching,” the complainants claimed in a press release.

The groups in France, Greece, the Czech Republic, Norway, and Slovenia have filed complaints with their respective data protection authorities, according to the European consumer association BEUC.

BEUC also stated that the German consumer organization had issued a letter to Google that might result in a legal case, and that consumer agencies in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden had written to national privacy authorities to warn them to Google's activities.

"The language Google uses at every step of the registration process is unclear, incomplete, and misleading," BEUC added.

"Google also frames the more privacy-friendly options as missing out on advantages.”

"This prevents the consumer from taking an informed decision when they make their choices and results in unfair, non-transparent and unlawful processing of their personal data," it stated.

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