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Google 'breaches Dutch privacy law'

A Dutch privacy watchdog says Google has been breaching the country's law on personal data protection since it introduced a new privacy policy last year.

Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the College for the Protection of Personal Data, said Google's combining of data from different services, including surfing multiple websites, to tailored ads "spins an invisible web of our personal information, without our permission, and that is outlawed".

Mr Kohnstamm's organisation said it has invited Google to a hearing after which the watchdog will decide on possible enforcement action.

Google spokesman Al Verney says the company's privacy policy "respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services".

The Netherlands is one of six European nations investigating Google's privacy policy along with France, Spain, Germany, the UK and Italy.


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