April 5, 2004 | By Donna Wentworth

Gmail May Violate EU Privacy Laws

Reuters: "'This is not just 'buyer beware.' Consumers should be aware that there's a vast violation of European law occurring here,' said Simon Davies, director of Privacy International, a citizens' group with offices in Britain and the United States. [...]

Privacy groups said they were also concerned about Google's ability to link a user's personal details, supplied in the Gmail registration process, to Web-surfing behaviour through the use of a single cookie for its search and mail services.

'This linkage provides the most comprehensive understanding to date of a person's life,' said Davies, adding governments would be tempted to access that information."

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