The result will be six individual investigations among the nations comprising the body that developed the policy directive – known as the Article 29 Group.
The CNIL (France's Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés) performed an initial inquiry on behalf of data protection authorities from France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. Officials also met with Google officials last month, and the CNIL concludes “no change has been seen,” according to an agency statement.
“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,” according to a statement released to the media.
Google also needs to change the tools used to collect data “to avoid an excessive collection” of data. There is also concern about “the scope of the collection and the potential uses of the personal data,” CNIL said. The data can be used for different uses, such as academic research, advertising, product development and security.
Last year, CNIL warned Google that it could face legal action if it did not make the needed changes.
Meanwhile, 37 state attorneys general in the United States said in February they were “troubled” by what happens to personal information under the policy, according to a letter to Google from the National Association of Attorneys General.
In the past, Google claimed it is not violating the law, and says it is keeping customers informed of policy changes, according to The Register.
In January, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement agreement with Google which called for Google to make voluntary changes to its search practices in response to questions about antitrust laws.
There were allegations Google was unfairly highlighting Google-owned services at the top of its search results.
Edited by Braden Becker