Google under fire in Europe, could face massive fines

Apr 2, 2013
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Google is in a heap of trouble over in Europe due to not complying to making changes to its privacy policy when it was ordered to do so. Regulators in six European countries may invoke legal action on Google, and the search giant could face some hefty fines. Google's deadline to make changes to its privacy policy was February 26, 2012.

France's Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), which has been tasked with investigating Google's privacy policy changes, said that the Mountain View-based company hasn't yet made any "significant compliance measures." This means that several European countries could take action and fine Google for disobeying European law.

The UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands are all involved in the investigation, and it's up to regulators in each of those countries to investigate the situation and decide what to do. The worst case scenario is that every country decides to take action and fine Google a good amount of cash, which will add up when you take into account that there are six countries issuing fines.

It's not said how big of fines Google could face, since regulators from each of the countries still have yet to make their decisions on what to do. Of course, though, this isn't the only time that Google has had run-ins with Europe -- the company seems to be making so enemies over there with various governments.

[via The Register]


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