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Parliamentary questions
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27 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005993-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE)

 Subject:  Illegal use and gathering of data obtained through geolocation
 Answer in writing 

The European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC) launched a campaign this week to encourage its affiliates to report the location tracking carried out by Google via numerous mobile apps to the national data protection authorities.

The organisations state in their complaints that users of the applications containing these data do not make a free and informed decision to authorise this, be it as regards the nature of the data collected or the use that is made of them.

According to the organisation, the systematic, massive, unauthorised and segmented processing of data, depending on the application through which they are collected, makes this technique particularly useful for profiling, making use of information relating to, for example, religious beliefs, political affiliations, sexual status or other aspects, the processing of which, under these conditions, is not covered by current data protection legislation.

1. Is the Commission monitoring this problem?

2. Does the Commission consider these practices to be in line with European data protection legislation?

3. What measures does it intend to adopt to protect European citizens from this specific threat to their right to privacy?

Original language of question: ES 
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