European privacy authorities will take measures to curb Google's
collection, combination and storage of its users' personal
According to the French National Commission on Computing and
Liberty (CNIL), European data protection authorities (DPA) have
decided to continue their investigation into Google.
In October 2012, the regulators highlighted deficiencies in
how to address these. CNIL, the French DPA leading the
investigation, says that Google has not taken any precise measures
in response to those recommendations so far.
The national data protection authorities of European Union
countries, meeting as the Article 29 Working Party (A29WP), decided
on Tuesday to agree with the proposal made by CNIL last week - to
continue their investigations in close cooperation and to take all
necessary actions according to their competences and powers.
A taskforce led by the The French DPA (CNIL) will help to
coordinate these actions. The taskforce will meet in the coming
weeks and will invite Google for a hearing.
Significant progress on these actions will be made before summer,
European DPAs have been critizing Google's policy changes announced
on March 1, 2012. According to DPAs, Google should stop combining
information from different sources when it is not legally
justified, provide users with more information about its policies
and guarantee to delete personal data after set periods.
allows the company to create "simpler, more effective services."
Google is not the only company having problems in Europe. In a seperate case, European competition regulators seems to be ready to fine Microsoft in April for its refusal to offer European consumers a choice of rival browsers in the Windows 7 operating system.