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June 21, 2013

France and Spain warn Google over privacy policy

Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK have also launched enforcement actions against Google.

By CBR Staff Writer

The French National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) and Spanish data protection agency, La Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), have started proceedings against Google over privacy policy.

CNIL ordered Google to comply with the French Data Protection Act, within three months or face fines.

CNIL has found that Google breached a French Data Protection Act, which prevents individuals from knowing how their personal data may be used and from controlling such use.

AEPD has accused Google of breaching five data privacy laws in Spain, punishable with fines of €40,001 to €300,000.

Apart from France and Spain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK have also launched enforcement actions against Google.

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is considering whether Google’s updated privacy policy is compliant with the UK Data Protection Act 1998.

ICO will soon write a letter to Google to confirm their preliminary findings.

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Google is reported to have changed privacy policy and terms of use of most of its services in March 2012.

The authorities of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) sent Google a document with recommendations to the company indicating how to enforce European law, allowing a period for it.

However, Google did not provide relevant information about its policies which led to the investigation by the EU member states.

Google has been under EU investigation since 2010 for claiming to be misusing its dominant position in online search market against its rivals.

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