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Google must comply with Italian data privacy rules

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Italian regulators have told Google that it must get into compliance with their rules about data privacy or face fines of up to $1.35 million.

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Italy is the latest European Union nation that is telling Google to change its data privacy practices or face large fines. Italy's data protection agency, The Italian Data Protection Authority, has given the company 18 months to comply with the rules that will protect that nation's residents or face fines of up to $1.35 million (1 million euros), according to Reuters.

The Italian Data Protection Authority "said Google's disclosure to users on how their data was being treated remained inadequate, despite the company having taken steps to abide by local law," according to the report.

"The Rome-based regulator said Google would not be allowed to use the data to profile users without their prior consent and would have to tell them explicitly that the profiling was being done for commercial purposes. It also demanded that requests from users with a Google account to delete their personal data be met in up to two months."

In addition, Google "also agreed to present a document by the end of September that will set a roadmap of steps to comply fully with the Italian regulator's decision," according to Reuters.

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