18 Feb 2013

European Agencies Plan to Sue Google Over Privacy Scandal


European data protection agencies plan to sue Google after they warned the company that its new privacy policy doesn’t comply with EU laws, according to the AFP. In October last year, the agencies gave the Internet giant four months to reconsider the settings or face legal action.

“At the end of a four-month delay accorded to Google to conform and promise to implement recommendations, no response has been forthcoming by the company,” said representatives of France's CNIL data protection agency. “The agencies recommend users should be more clearly informed and have better control of the data that Google services gather. Finally, they wish that Google gives information about how much time they store the data collected.”

The organization also talked about the European agencies’ plan to set up a working group to coordinate their “coercive actions.” The legal battle against Google could start before the summer.

Google launched its new privacy policy in March last year. The settings allow the company to track users across various platforms and to develop targeted advertising. The Internet giant alleges its privacy policy respects European law and was designed to simplify settings across various services such as Gmail, YouTube, Android, social networks and Internet search.

European data protection agencies plan to meet next week to approve the CNIL-led action plan.