EU Commissioner Targets Google, Calling For Larger Fines

Law360, New York (January 21, 2014, 6:25 PM EST) -- The European Commission’s justice commissioner said Sunday that stiffer fines are necessary to bring companies like Google Inc. into compliance with European Union data protection laws, calling the amounts the company has recently had to pay “pocket money.”

In a speech delivered in Munich, Commissioner Viviane Reding said after Google introduced changes to its privacy policy two years ago, several national data protection authorities in the EU found the new policy does not comply with existing data protection rules. France and Spain have fined the company,...
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