When Google made changes to its privacy practices, the EU warned the company that it was in violation of European regulations and gave the company a deadline for changing its ways. Now the regulators say Google missed the deadline and they threaten to take action by this summer.
The Register’s Rik Myslewski added, “At the time of the original October letter, Google’s global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, said that his company was reviewing the regulators’ findings and recommendations. ‘Time’s up, Pete,’ the CNIL has now said – in so many words, that is. Having not been provided, as CNIL put it, with ‘any precise and effective answers to their recommendations,’ the EU regulators will now continue their investigation and convene a working group ‘in order to coordinate their repressive action which should take place before summer.'”
ZDNet’s Liam Tung noted, “It’s not the first time European watchdogs have found Google less than forthcoming on the subject of privacy: in January 2012 the regulators accused the company of providing ‘incomplete or approximate’ answers to questions about how data would be handled under the unified policy that they had raised at the time. ‘In this context, the EU data protection authorities are committed to act and continue their investigations,’ CNIL said.”