Feb 192013
 February 19, 2013  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Non-U.S.

Steven Musil reports:

Google may face a coordinated crackdown by privacy regulators in Europe before this summer unless the Web giant makes dramatic changes to how it manages user data.

France’s privacy watchdog said today that Google had yet to respond with “precise and effective” answers to a dozen recommendations unanimously adopted by 27 national regulators last October and as a result could face a coordinated “repressive action.” The Article 29 Working Party, a group of data protection officials from each member states, is expected to vote on the proposal at the end of the month.

Read more on CNET.

Relatedly, Simon Davies writes:

In the wake of yet another scandal involving the misuse of customer data, Google appears to have lost its sanity. Following its attempt to bully the press into toning down coverage of the controversy, EU privacy authorities have vowed to step up their investigation into the company. This leaked letter shows the depth of concern the advertising giant has for European privacy rights.

Read the letter on The Privacy Surgeon. Is that letter for real or was it written by Onion-esque parties? (Note: the satire was written by Simon himself. It was so well done that he had to update the blog to make it clear that it was satire.)

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