Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has pretty much made no friends in the various government bodies of the European Union. It seems, by the headlines anyway, that Google just might be the most scrutinized tech company on the EU block - with possible exceptions being the occasional wave of intense interest in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). While Google has been facing a fine for some of its antitrust practices recently, the company's privacy and data security models have also seen their share of investigation.
So we are all in the dark at this point, other than to know that when the policy was put in place, the Article 29 Working party - an EU data-protection group - did an audit of the policy and noted some "irregularities" and gave CNIL the charge of investigating whether there were EU privacy protection law violations. As now the CNIL has forwarded its information to separate countries for their own review seems to indicate that the EU itself may not be seeking violations, but there may be violations of laws in the member countries. Each country, if it finds Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) in violation, would fine the company separately and not through the EU.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) was invited to a meeting with CNIL and other data-protection entities in the member countries to discuss the policy and possible changes, but no changes have been noted two weeks after the meeting, sources said.
What are your thoughts about this? Is Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) just a target due to its 90-percent market dominance in European search? Is there more to this? Let us know in the comments section below.
DISCLOSURE: I own no positions in any stock mentioned.
Please see these related GOOG articles: