The UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain have kicked off an "inspection procedure" against Google. The effort is being led by France's CNIL (Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés), which is representing the European Commission's Article 29 Working Party. The inquiry could mean fines for Google.
In February 2013, CNIL criticised Google for not responding to its privacy-related inquiries in a timely fashion. The CNIL said today that Google met with CNIL and the five other data protection agencies on 19 March, but "following this meeting, no change has been seen" - prompting today's more formal inquiry.
Google has already tangled with CNIL. In March 2011, it handed down a fine of 100,000 Euros against Google for the unauthorised collection of data via Wi-Fi networks.
The news, meanwhile, comes the same day that Google announced that its privacy director, Alma Whitten, will step down in June.