21 September 2008

EU - Data protection watchdogs to hold hearings with Google

(OUT-LAW News)
The Article 29 Working Party, an independent EU advisory body on data protection and privacy, will lead hearings with Google over the search giant's claim that EU data protection laws do not apply to it. It said that Google is refusing to submit to Europe's data protection regime and that "strong disagreements" remain. It said in a statement that Google "considers that the European law on data protection is not applicable to itself, even though Google has servers and establishments in Europe". It also said that Google "wishes to retain personal data of users beyond the six months period requested by the Article 29 Working Party, without any justification."