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Spain Fines Google $1.2 Million for Privacy Breach

GoogleEarlier this year, the French independent administrative authority CNIL advised six European countries to take action over Google’s privacy policies. Now Spain has become the first of the six to fine the search giant, demanding €900,000 ($1.24 million) for breaching the nation’s privacy laws. The Wall Street Journal reports that the fine, administered by the Spanish Agency for Data Protection, is for three legal breaches: “gathering data on users, combining the data through several services and keeping the data indefinitely without the knowledge or consent of users.” EU regulators urged Google to change its privacy policy in September 2012. The company ignored the request, clearing the way for a lengthy investigation that resulted in the CNIL advising European data protection authorities to take action.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.