In Google Privacy Standoff, EU Shows Off Expansive Reach

Law360, New York (April 2, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT) -- Six European countries on Tuesday inched closer to penalizing Google Inc. for allegedly refusing to revise its privacy policy to comply with their laws, escalating a standoff in the European Union's first unified push to apply its stringent data protection rules to a foreign company.

The data protection authorities of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K. have initiated investigations into Google's privacy policy under each of their own national privacy laws, according to CNIL, the French regulator leading the EU-wide probe. The regulators...
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