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After a lengthy investigation, the French independent administrative authority CNIL has advised EU countries to take action against Google over its privacy policy. [url="http://www.cnil.fr/english/news-and-events/news/article/google-privacy-policy-six-european-data-protection-authorities-to-launch-coordinated-and-simultaneo/"]In a press release today[/url], CNIL said that Google has failed to respond to its [url="http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/16/3510542/eu-google-unified-privacy-policy-recommendations/in/2527939"]requests to modify the policy[/url], and the watchdog passing the matter over to member states to deal with accordingly. The UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands were all involved in the investigation, and It's now up to regulators in each country to look into the matter and decide what action to take.

A spokesperson for the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) told us that it is launching a new investigation following on from CNIL's. The purpose of the investigation is to establish if Google's privacy policy violates the UK's Data Protection Act. The ICO also confirmed that several data protection authorities across Europe are launching similar probes.

Google streamlined its privacy policy over a year ago, and has received [url="http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/1/2763898/google-privacy-policy-changes-terms-of-service-2012"]a lot of criticism[/url] for doing so. The US attorneys general, European Union, and other bodies have all looked into the policy, and now the CNIL has finished its investigation, Google could see fines levied by several European countries. We reached out to Google for comment on the matter, who gave us the following statement:[indent]
"Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services. We have engaged fully with the [Data Protection Authorities] involved throughout this process, and we

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Can't say I'm surprised. The EU has taken a tough stance on consumer privacy and companies like Google and Facebook have taken serious liberties with consumers' personal details.

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Good. It's about time that Google got a taste of what BS MS has to put up with.

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Google for comment on the matter, who gave us the following statement:[indent]
"Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services.
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Just saying so does not make it so, Google.
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[quote name='ahhell' timestamp='1364909347' post='595612178']
Good. It's about time that Google got a taste of what BS MS has to put up with.
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So, enforcing the law is BS?

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[quote name='ahhell' timestamp='1364909347' post='595612178']
Good. It's about time that Google got a taste of what BS MS has to put up with.
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If they deserve it. Not just because MS is dealing with issues of their own.

[quote name='FloatingFatMan' timestamp='1364984262' post='595613934']
So, enforcing the law is BS?
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For some. You break the law, expect to get caught. May not be right way (took a year for the browser ballet to be noticed) but it will happen. The question is was it intentional, or an oversight.

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