European agencies urging Goggle to change policies

France and Spain led a Europe-wide push Thursday to get U.S. Internet giant Google to change its policies on collecting user data.

News that the U.S. National Security Agency under the PRISM surveillance program secretly gathered user data from nine U.S. companies, including Google, to track people’s movements and contacts makes the timing especially sensitive for Google.

France’s data protection watchdogsaid Google had broken French law and gave it three months to change its privacy policies or risk a fine of up to 150,000 euros ($200,000).

Spain’s data protection agency  told Google it would be fined between 40,000 euros and 300,000 euros for each of the five violations of the law, that it had failed to be clear about what it did with data, may be processing a disproportionate amount and holding onto it for an undetermined or unjustified period of time.

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