Ireland and Google: The Privacy Man Versus Data Man

May 23, 2019

I read “EU Regulator Launches Probe into Google over Data Privacy.” My initial reaction is that the country known for its writers is going where the money is. Then I realized this might be a more interesting dust up.

I recalled a line allegedly inked by George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain, or maybe a person named Cyrus Ching; to wit:

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.

I am not sure which is which or who is who in the forthcoming cage match. From the CNBC business font I learned:

Ireland’s data privacy watchdog on Wednesday announced the launch of an inquiry into Google over the tech giant’s collection of data when it comes to online advertising.

The write up adds:

The Data Protection Commission, which acts as the lead supervisory authority for Google in the European Union, said its probe would examine whether Google’s processing of data in advertising transactions breaches the bloc’s privacy rule.

Let’s get ready to rumble. The location? A country which offered modest incentives to high technology outfits. Snort.

Stephen E Arnold, May 23, 2019


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