Brazil Is Latest Country Questioning Google's new Privacy Terms; EU Regulator Already Investigating
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil -
Google rolled out it's new privacy terms recently that combined nearly 60 different terms from its various platforms such as Google+, YouTube and Gmail. Google says it was an attempt to make things simpler and more efficient, but as regulators examine those terms they are finding serious problems with what is considered "personal" and what Google can do with that information, especially when a user does not want to provide it.
So far Google has said use of it's services are voluntary and users who do not want to provide their personal information do not have to use Google.
France's data protection watchdog is already conducting a Europe-wide investigation into the company's use of personal data, which it said was breaking the laws of the European Union.
Brazilian internet usage has soared over the last 10 years where 90% of internet searched are conducted using Google.
Reuters is reporting:
The inquiry in Brazil also follows legal complaints filed last year by rivals accusing Google of unfairly favoring product listings from its own shopping comparison service in Internet search results.