Led by the French privacy watchdog CNIL, organizations in Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Italy agreed Tuesday on the joint action, with the ultimate possibility of imposing fines or restrictions on operations across the entire 27-country European Union.
After this period has expired, Google has not implemented any significant compliance measures, according to CNIL.
On 19 March 2013, CNIL invited representatives of Google 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, CNIL said that no change had been seen.
"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," CNIL said.
Consequently, all the authorities composing the taskforce have launched actions on 2 April 2013 on the basis of the provisions laid down in their respective national legislation (investigations, inspections, etc.)
In particular, the CNIL notified Google of the initiation of an inspection procedure and that it had set up an international administrative cooperation procedure with its counterparts in the taskforce.
Google says it merged its privacy policies in March 2012 for the sake of simplicity, and that the changes comply with European laws.
The fines' financial impact on Google would be limited, at least for a company like Google. However, a successful legal action would hurt Google's image and could block its ability to collect such data until it addresses the regulators' concerns.