The French privacy Regulator, CNIL, has sent a clear message to its UK counterpart, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), that Google can be held to account for privacy breaches.  It fined the company €150k over its unified privacy policy, which it believes breaches European privacy laws.

To date, the ICO has taken no action against Google.  It along with other European regulators is considering a response.  The Spanish regulator has already fined Google $1.2million.  It all begs the question, what the heck is the ICO doing about protecting British consumers’ rights and why it is so afraid to address Google’s breaches?  No doubt we will be returning to this subject as the year progresses.

Looks like 2014 will be the year of Google sanctions, perhaps except in the UK.


Here’s a good article about the French case.