Dec 15, 2014 9:32 AM
Dutch watchdog demands privacy changes from Google
The Associated Press
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) A Dutch privacy watchdog on Monday ordered Google to make changes to the way it handles users' personal data or face fines of up to 15 million euros ($18.7 million).
The College for the Protection of Personal Data announced it is giving the Internet giant until the end of February to comply with measures aimed at giving consumers in the Netherlands more clarity about how their personal information is used across the suite of Google services.
Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the organization, said Google's practice of combining data from different services to tailor ads and personalize services like YouTube "catches us in an invisible web of our personal information, without telling us or asking our permission."