In December 2013 and January 2014, respectively the Data Protection Authorities of Spain and France sanctioned Google for privacy violation, imposing fines of EUR 300,000 and EUR 150,000.
As a consequence, in April 2013, six European Data Protection Authorities (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK) launched legal actions against Google for violation of privacy law.
So far, Spain and France are the only two Data Protection Authorities that have issued fines against Google.
In November 2013 the Dutch Data Protection Authority found that Google violated the Dutch privacy law, but has not yet issued sanctions.
More decisions are to be expected on the issue as investigations are still on-going in Germany, the UK, and Italy.
- CNLI news, The CNIL’s Sanctions Committee Issues a EUR 150,000 Euro Monetary Penalty to Google Inc, Jan 8, 2014
- Marianne Le Moullec, The French Data Protection Authority Fines Google for Breach of French Privacy Laws