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EU Regulators Weigh New Google Crackdown

Published on February 19, 2013
by Sam Schechner

Privacy regulators from France and other European Union countries have proposed a coordinated crackdown before summer on Google Inc.’s privacy practices, escalating European efforts to reshape how global companies treat user data.

France’s privacy watchdog said Monday it and an unspecified number of other European regulators want to coordinate a “repressive action” against Google, after the company had failed to give “precise and effective” answers to a warning that all 27 EU national regulators issued in October. The full group of privacy regulators, known as the Article 29 group, is scheduled to vote on the proposal at the end of February.

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