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Google faces legal threats in Europe

INFURIATED:Regulators in the UK, France and Germany are among those angered by what they say is Google’s lack of response over online data protection concerns

The Guardian, LONDON

Sources at Google said the company filed a response to the October recommendations in January, but added “no change [in privacy policies] isn’t the same as no response.”

The rolling-up of the policies sparked an investigation led by CNIL last year. Google’s intent was to combine user data from the different services, so that videos watched on YouTube would inform the choice of advertising shown when doing Google searches or reading Gmail.

In October, CNIL and the other regulators criticized the changes, and demanded alterations. Google declined to do so.

“Consumers are increasingly concerned about how their data is being used, and it is essential that those breaking the law are properly punished. It is essential regulators find a sanction that is not just a slap on the wrists and will make Google’s think twice before it ignores consumer rights again,” Pickles said.

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