Google Has 4 Months to Change Privacy Policy

Court warns of disciplinary action if GOOG doesn't comply

By Nate Wooley, InvestorPlace Writer

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), whose search engine has been wrapped in a privacy dispute with members of the European Union since 2010, continues to be mired in EU legal issues.

A new ruling from the French Commission Nationale de l’Informatique, acting on behalf of the EU, states that Google’s reworked privacy policy — even though users would remain anonymous — still does not meet the legal requirements of the union, Reuters reports. The agency gave Google four months in which to alter its privacy policy and resubmit it.

At issue is the way Google wants to combine user data across Google’s services to provide enhanced value to its advertisers. The French agency presented to Google 12 points that would bring its privacy policy into line with EU requirements.

An attorney for the search engine indicated that the firm would examine the requirements and predicted that Google would remain within EU law. CNIL officials also indicated that they were open to discussion with Google about the topic.

In the past, Google has been fined by France and threatened with fines by the Netherlands over its privacy policies.

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