The CNIL led an investigation into the policy by data agencies from all 27 European Union member states, including Britain’s Information Commissioner, and on Tuesday presented its conclusions at a press conference in Paris that indicates Google’s failure to provide users with adequate information about how their personal data were being used across the U.S. group’s different platforms.
Meanwhile, a separate EU investigation is tracking whether Google is using its dominant position in the search engine market to harm the competition. European Commission staff are currently looking at Google’s proposals in four areas of concern. If these proposals failed to comply with the EC, the company could be fined up to ten percent of its worldwide revenues – which for 2011 amounts to €2.9bn (£2.3bn).
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