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Google Observer is the OIP's collaborative platform. Our objective is to inventory systematically the practices of Google, via its search engine, either good or bad practices. You can post your comments and your remarks on Google policy’s changes. Google Observer wants to collect and to publish high quality information, for the medias and public opinion.
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Google in breach of data protection law: two recent condemnations have confirmed this obvious fact

Recently, two Data Protection Authorities (DPA) fined Google because its privacy policy was in breach of data protection regulations. The DPA criticized two points in particular: a) Google does not provide the users with sufficiently clear information about the collection of personal data and about their co-mingling with other data. b) Google does not grant users sufficient control... See more

Google collects and exploits users'personal data to enhance its own advertising

Many of Google’s services require or encourage user logins, which provide Google with even more detailed data on a user - for example gender, age and domicile. For example, sponsored links displayed on Google Search will use the information from a YouTube user’s profile - such as the fact that the user is a man and last searched for a particular song on YouTube. Google exploits this... See more