The following countries which are joined in on the investigation include the United Kingdom, Germany,Italy, Spain, France, and the Netherlands. These countries to come up with a final solution. It’s also possible that each country could impose a hefty fine on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) which would add up and cost the company a significant amount of money. There is no word on just how much the company could be fined. Google’s representative has yet to comment on the matter.
The authority on the matter elaborated, “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.”
It’s important to point out that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is an American company where free speech trumps but in other countries, the rules are different. Of course, the consumer privacy issue is still a huge concern that affects people worldwide, and it’s important that Google takes that matter seriously.
It’s also possible that these countries could just be fishing for more money. There is also much speculation that Europe could be jealous that they don’t have their own search engine to offer Google competition.