"By putting the CNIL in charge of this, the EU was going for blood," said Watson, pointing to the agency’s reputation for being particularly aggressive in the data protection matters. "It was a declaration of intent."
"The point is that Google is an international company which is leveraging its power in the browser and its other services in a way that affects national businesses all over the EU. There's great political importance in the data protection commissioners doing something, because if they think there's a breach and they don't do anything about it, what's the point of having them?" he added.
Meanwhile, Google is still embroiled in a defence of its practices in the face of antitrust allegations brought forth by the EU’s competition regulatory body. EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia recently threatened that the company could face official charges if it does not take more decisive action to resolve the issue.
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