Dutch data protection watchdog threatens Google with fine over privacy policy


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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch privacy watchdog is ordering Google to make changes to the way it handles users' personal data or face fines of up to 15 million euros ($18.7 million).

The College for the Protection of Personal Data announced Monday it is giving the Internet giant until the end of February to comply with measures aimed at giving consumers more clarity about how their personal information is used across the suite of Google services.

Privacy watchdogs in six European countries, including the Netherlands, opened investigations into Google after it amended its privacy policy early in 2012.

Al Verney, a spokesman from Google, says the company is disappointed with the order, "especially as we have already made a number of changes to our privacy policy in response to their concerns."

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