Google under the gun in Europe over alleged consumer privacy violations

04/3/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Regulators in six European countries have launched enforcement investigations into the legality of Google's consumer privacy policies after a French inquiry found the search giant needed to change the way it shares customer data. The probes -- which involve regulatory agencies in France, Germany, the U.K, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands -- could lead to more restrictions for the U.S. company and/or steep fines. "European consumers are asking for more and more guarantees of the protection of their personal data," said Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chairman of France's privacy watchdog.

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