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Spain’s DPA Fines Google $1.2M

PRIVACY LAW—SPAIN

December 20, 2013

Spain’s data protection authority (DPA) has fined Google $1.2 million (900,000 euros) for the illegal collection and use of consumers’ personal data, Bloomberg reports. The company is charged with “three serious violations” by the DPA for not providing details “about what data it collects, what it uses it for and without obtaining a valid consent.” Google was fined 300,000 euros for each of the three violations and is required take the “necessary measures without any delay to comply with the legal requirements.” In a statement, Google said, “We’ve engaged fully with the Spanish (authority) throughout this process to explain our privacy policy and how it allows us to create simpler, more effective services, and we’ll continue to do so,” adding “We’ll be reading their report closely to determine next steps.”
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