Europe's largest data-protection authorities have launched a joint action against Google to force it to remedy alleged breaches of EU privacy rules by the search giant.
The move by data-protection authorities from Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands is the first co-ordinated and formal procedure by EU states against a single company on privacy, underscoring European frustration with Google.
European watchdogs can currently impose only fines below €1m but new EU-wide rules could soon empower them to inflict on companies penalties up to 2 per cent of their global annual turnover.
In Google's case that would add up to about $760m, based on its 2011 revenues. The new rules could be approved by the end of this year by EU lawmakers and member states.
The move comes five months after a probe led byCNIL, the French watchdog representing EU regulators, concluded that Google had failed to give users adequate information about how their personal data were being used across its multiple platforms.
The US group said its new privacy terms, which combine 60 former policies into one for all its customers, would allow it to provide a better service. Google Now, which provides intuitive updates based on calendar entries, location patterns and e-mails, is one example of a service making use of the new approach.
The case is being closely watched by several US tech companies and in particular Microsoft, which is currently being investigated by European regulators on issues relating to its online services.
1.Word of the day
watchdog: A person or group whose job is to protect people's rights, especially in relation to large companies 监督人/组织
2.Phrase of the day
joint action: joint action指的是联合行动，joint有“共同，共有”的意思，比如：
ex:Have you and your husband got a joint account?
小编注：“合资公司”叫joint venture，“联合部队”叫joint force。和joint有关的还有一个习语：out of joint，直译为：脱臼。或引申为脱节，混乱，不协调等。比如：The time is out of joint. 时代脱了节；时代动荡不安。
3.Sentence of the day
The new rules could be approved by the end of this year by EU lawmakers and member states.
4.Cultural point of the day
5.Translation of the day