Google has been fined approximately £750,000 by the Spanish Agency for Data Protection for breaching the nation's privacy laws.
Earlier this year, six European countries were advised by CNIL, a French independent regulatory body that ensures data privacy, to investigate the tech giant's privacy policies.
As a result, Spain is the first to take action, claiming that the company did not properly explain why it collects data on users, for how long it keeps the content, and not giving users enough control over who can see the data, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
”The combination of data collected through different services widely exceeds the reasonable expectations of the majority of users, who are not aware of it and lose control of their own personal information,” said the Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), in a prepared statement.
Other countries also looking into potential violations include Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands and the UK.
This is a modified version of the story that was published on the SC Magazine US website on 20/12/2013.
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