Is Google In Trouble With the EU Again?
A team of six regulators began “coordinated” enforcement measures Tuesday, reported Bloomberg, which punctuated the several-weeks-long impasse that followed a March 19 meeting between the two camps. As France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties, or CNIL, said it a statement posted to its website, national regulators must pursue Google according to their own regulations and powers. CNIL is the agency that has led the team of regulators from the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands in their investigation.
While financial penalties are one option, “the authorities’ goal is not to fine Google,” CNIL chairwoman Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin told the publication. “The goal is for Google to be in line with what we demand.” CNIL could levy a maximum fine of 150,000 euros, or $192,300, she added. Failing to give people information on how their personal data was used was one area in which Google has neglected to align its policies with EU rules, according to Falque-Pierrotin.
Additionally, Falque-Pierrotin warned that the French regulatory agency could fine Google for not complying with the regulations. “I am not prejudging any fines that may be levied,” she said. “We are in a continued process of dialogue with Google and the whole process can be stopped at any moment if Google puts its systems in line with our demands.”
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