German Regulators Warn Google Over User Data

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Google's problems in Europe continued on Tuesday as German regulators ordered the company to give its users more control over their data. In a statement, Hamburg's data protection agency said that there was "no justification" in German or European law for the data profiles Google uses across Gmail, search and Android, among other products. It ordered Google to take measures to "guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling." If Google does not sufficiently explain and gain its users' permission before creating profiles, it could face fines of up to 1 million euros ($1.26 million). In June, Google started removing search results under the European Union's "right to be forgotten" rule. Google has also faced fines over its privacy policies in Spain, France and Italy, while European Commission's anti-trust case against Google is ongoing.



— Keith Wagstaff