What happened since then? A task force meeting with Google in March, and not much else.
“No change has been seen,” the French CNIL said in a press release today. “After this period has expired, Google has not implemented any significant compliance measures.”
So, what now? Additional investigations and inspections by the Europeans, but this time they’re being called “enforcement actions,” and they’re being conducted by each country individually.
Six countries — France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom — launched actions today based on their own laws. The investigations and inspections could result in fines and restrictions, but it’s not yet clear that those would be significant.
Coincidentally, Google’s director of privacy for product and engineering, Alma Whitten, just retired. She’ll be replaced by another longtime Google engineer, Lawrence You.