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Google may see ‘repressive action’ from Europe over privacy worries

France’s CNIL has been leading an investigation into Google to see if a more repressive action from the E.U. is needed.  They will be voting on the measure at the end of the month, and may even impose some kind of sanction on the search engine giant.

After many months of research into Google’s privacy practices in Europe, an investigation lead by the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) concluded in October 2012 with some privacy recommendations.  Now that some four months have passed, the CNIL is demanding that Google comply with their recommendations that were previously adopted. 

CNIL recommended that Google needed to improve how data was stored and just how that data moved across their networks.  They also asked if Google would give them better clarification on just how long personal data is stored.

"European data protection authorities have noted that Google did not provide any precise and effective answers to their recommendations," the CNIL writes.  "In this context, the EU data protection authorities are committed to act and continue their investigations. Therefore, they propose to set up a working group, led by the CNIL, in order to coordinate their repressive action which should take place before summer.”

Google has recently spoken on personal data in some detail and have also gone over privacy concerns. They also posted just how a lot of personal data is stored and even who is researching such data, which includes government agencies. 

In a recent statement Google writes, "Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services.  We have engaged fully with the CNIL throughout this process, and we'll continue to do so going forward."

A lot of the issues many European privacy groups are concerned with are in regards to Google’s privacy policy that changed back in March of 2012.  The new changes gave the company the ability to track their users more easily with the different services provided by the company such as Gmail, YouTube and so forth.

Google defended the changes they made saying that by combining the services only improved the lives of their users.  They also offer help on how to secure one's privacy online.

Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor is an accomplished writer who works as a freelance journalist and has contributed to many award winning media agencies, which includes VRzone. Born in 1971, Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Journalism, graduating Magna Cum Laude. An eclectic writer, Taylor specializes in editorials, trending technologies and controversial topics such as hacktivism and government spying.

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