Google is facing a new investigation in the European Union over the way it processes user location data that could violate the EU’s strict privacy rules. In response, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) said in a statement today: “These issues relate to the legality of Google’s processing of location data and the transparency involved in this process.” “
Under the NEW EU privacy regulations, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the DPC is responsible for managing US multinationals based in Dublin and is therefore the main regulator for technology companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook.
The DPC has conducted more than 20 investigations into these technology companies, of which Facebook faces more than 10 investigations. The DPC said it had received a number of complaints from different consumer groups across the EU about how Google handled user location data.
The DPC said in a statement today that the investigation focused on the legality of Google’s processing of location data and the transparency implications of the process.
In response, Google said in an e-mailed statement: “People should have the right to understand and control how companies like Google use their location data, and Google will cooperate fully with regulators.” Over the past year, we have made a number of product improvements to improve user transparency and control over location data. “
In addition to Google, DPC today announced a separate investigation into dating app Tinder. Under the General Data Protection Regulations, DPC has the power to impose substantial fines on the companies under investigation.