Spain slaps $1.23mln fine on Google for breaching privacy laws

Washington, Dec. 20: Google has been fined 1.23 million dollars for breaking Spain’s data protection law.

The fine, which is the maximum possible under the law, is administered by the Spanish Agency for Data Protection.

According to the Verge, it has been imposed 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, which was ignored by the search giant.

The denial paved the way to carry out a lengthy investigation that resulted in the CNIL advising European data protection authorities to take action.

When asked to comment on that advice in April, Google said its privacy policy ‘respects European law and allows [it] to create simpler, more effective services.’

Five other countries, Italy, Germany, France, the UK, and the Netherlands, may also decide to fine the American company in the coming months, the report added. (ANI)