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Euro regulators cracking down on Chocolate Factory's data use
Google is to be subject to regular on-site spot checks by the Italian data protection regulator under moves to ensure the Chocolate Factory complies with the country's privacy laws.
"For the first time in Europe, it will be the subject of regular checks to monitor progress status of the actions to bring its platform into line with domestic legislation," said the county's data protection authority.
Quarterly updates on the firm's progress will be conducted, with the regulator to carry out on-the-spot checks at Google's US headquarters to verify whether the measures being implemented are in compliance with Italian law.
Google will have to be fully compliant with the measures by 15 January 2016.
Google has now signed a formal undertaking to improve the information it provides to people about how it collects personal data in the UK.
The controversial changes sparked a joint regulatory investigation from a number of European Union countries, which was led by France's Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL).
El Reg contacted Google this morning, and was told that "as we said in July last year, we've engaged fully with the Garante throughout this process and will continue to do so".
The spokesperson went on that this "is a procedural step by the [Italian] DPA that simply confirms what was already agreed last year after the DPA issued its order, and there's nothing new here.
"Please note also that the UK DPA recently closed its investigation, and we've dropped our legal appeals against last year's French and Spanish DPAs rulings," the spokesperson concluded. ®