Tomahawk, WI 12/03/2013 (BasicsMedia) – There is an accusation leveled against Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) to the effect that it has breached privacy laws in Netherlands. If this is true, Google faces a tough time to answer to these charges and prove its innocence. This is further proof of just how strict European authorities are about privacy of their citizens, and the fact that they are prepared to take action against some of the leading global brands if they deem that the latter are guilty. European users are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect Internet users from Internet companies.

Dutch Allegations Back a Recent Trend

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has not been spared of similar accusations within its North American operations. It is constantly on news on suspicion of being used by the government to spy on people, or that its features are not secure enough to offer users the protection they need. The Dutch accusations revolve around allegations made to the effect that Google collects data from its users in ways that are improper, and probably, illegal. These allegations point at the fact that Google uses its search engine, email, and YouTube to collect data from its users without their permission or knowledge.

The allegations leveled against Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) by users in Dutch, point at the fact that the company collects data from them, and does not tell them about it at all. Secondly, Dutch users are concerned that the company uses the data it collects from its users in ways that are unclear and unknown to them. If Google is found guilty of having breached Dutch and European laws regarding privacy of Internet users, it could be fined. Alternatively, the authorities could ask Google to compensate users who were affected, where it may be asked to pay millions of dollars.

Other European Countries Accusing Google of Breaching Privacy Laws

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been informed of the accusations leveled against it by the relevant Dutch regulator, College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (CBP). Netherlands is not the only European country to institute these investigations on Google. Other European countries that have embarked on similar exercises include Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Thus far, all the countries are asking for compensations that are higher than $1 million. Consequently, this is what lends credence to the belief that Netherlands will also follow suit and ask for similar amounts.

Thus far, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has come out fighting by indicating that none of its privacy laws breaches what the European countries accuse it of failing to comply with when offering services to its users across the continent. There is no way the fines that European countries ask Google to pay in compensation for breaching their privacy laws, will have a major impact on the company’s financial position. Bear in mind that Google recently recorded $14 billion as revenue during the first quarter of 2013 alone, and it is in a strong financial position to be affected by the cases.

However, if more European countries see the success of their counterparts against Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), they could decide to follow suit and file cases accusing the company of the same. This could spread around the world where other countries also look at their privacy laws afresh and evaluate if Google Inc has compromised these in any way. Other Internet giants are also following these cases, closely since they know they could be affected.

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