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Internet: Data Protection

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 28th November 2012.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of recent steps taken at EU level to investigate the way online search engines gather and use personal information.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The Government have made no such assessment. However, it is worth drawing attention to the investigation by the Commission Nationale de I’informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) into Google's privacy policy on behalf of the Article 29 Working Party. The Article 29 Working Party is made up of a representative from the data protection authority of each EU member state, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission. The representative for the UK is the Information Commissioner (currently the Vice Chair of the Working Party), the independent regulator of the Data Protection Act 1998. The CNIL has investigated and suggested a number of changes for Google to put in place within a strict timescale. The Information Commissioner will wait for the CNIL's assessment of those changes before considering any enforcement action.

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