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Google May Face Action In E.U. Over Failure To Fix Privacy Policy

     
2:50 pm on Apr 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Google Inc. (GOOG) faces possible fines after six European Union data protection regulators started “coordinated” enforcement measures over the company’s failure to fix flaws in a new privacy policy.

A taskforce of agencies led by France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties today began follow-up measures in line with their national laws after a meeting with Google yielded “no changes,” the regulator known as CNIL said in an e-mailed statement today. U.K., German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch watchdogs are also part of the taskforce.

“CNIL notified Google of the initiation of an inspection procedure and that it had set up an international administrative cooperation procedure with its counterparts in the taskforce,” the authority said. Google May Face Action In E.U. Over Failure To Fix Privacy Policy [bloomberg.com]
4:00 pm on Apr 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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The fines seem to me symbolic, i.e., far lower than the monetary gain the Gorg might accrue by ignoring the complaints.
6:21 pm on Apr 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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The fines will be the first stage only. If Google then fail to fall into line heavier action will follow.

This is not the USA where big business only has to spend megabucks on 'lobbying' to get away with just about anything.
10:10 pm on Apr 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Further details.. 6 Data privacy "watchdogs"
Brits, Germans, French, Dutch, Spanish and Italians ALL to probe Google
..in all are specifically involved in individual investigations, plus the EU ongoing "action"..
[theregister.co.uk...]
 

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