Ireland has launched an inquiry into Google’s processing of location data, adding to pressure on the search giant from regulators in Europe.
The country’s Data Protection Commission said Tuesday that it “received a number of complaints” from consumer organizations across the European Union tied to Google’s use of location information collected from its users.
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,” according to the commission.
A Google spokesperson said that in the past year, the company has made a number of changes in how it processes the data.
“People should be able to understand and control how companies like Google use location data to provide services to them,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “We will cooperate fully with the office of the Data Protection Commission in its inquiry, and continue to work closely with regulators and consumer associations across Europe.”
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