A task force under the Article 29 Working Party, a body which encompasses a data protection authority from each EU member state, has "launched actions" targeting Google for failing to make changes requested by the party in October.
On 19 March 2013, representatives of Google Inc. were invited at their request to meet with the taskforce led by the CNIL and composed of data protection authorities of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United-Kingdom. Following this meeting, no change has been seen.
The article 29 working party's analysis is finalized. It is now up to each national data protection authority to carry out further investigations according to the provisions of its national law transposing European legislation.
Now those six countries have launched actions such as investigations and inspections, depending on each country's individual laws. A CNIL press release about the actions refers to them as "coordinated and simultaneous enforcement actions," though it is unclear what enforcement might entail.
The group wants Google to offer clearer and more comprehensive information of the data it collects on users, and asked Google to give people more control over when data is combined, and allow them to opt-out from the data merging process. The group said Google has not fulfilled any of those demands, and does not reveal retention periods for personal data it gathers.
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