Googles location tracking finally under formal probe in Europe

Googles lead data regulator in Europe has finally opened a formal investigation into the tech giants processing of location data more than a year after receiving a series of complaints from consumer rights groups across Europe.
The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced the probe today, writing in a statement that: The issues raised within the concerns relate to the legality of Googles processing of location data and the transparency surrounding that processing.
As such the DPC has commenced an own-volition Statutory Inquiry, with respect to Google Ireland Limited, pursuant to Section 110 of the Data Protection 2018 and in accordance with the co-operation mechanism outlined under Article 60 of the GDPR. The Inquiry will set out to establish whether Google has a valid legal basis for processing the location data of its users and whether it meets its obligations as a data controller with regard to transparency, its notice added.
Weve reached out to Google for comment.
BEUC, an umbrella group for European consumer rights groups, said the complaints about deceptive location tracking were filed back in November 2018 several months after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, in May 2018.

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