French data watchdog warns Google to change tack or face fines
"By the end of July, all the authorities within the (EU data protection) task force will have taken coercive action against Google," said CNIL President Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin.
Last year, Google consolidated its 60 privacy policies into one and started combining data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+. It gave users no means to opt out.
National European data protection regulators began a joint inquiry as a result. They gave Google until February to propose changes but it did not make any. Google met with the watchdogs several times and argued that combining its policies made it easier for users to understand.
The CNIL's move is seen by legal experts and policymakers as a test of Europe's ability to influence the behaviour of global internet companies.
Britain is still considering whether its law has been breached and will write to Google soon with its findings.
Google said it would continue to work with the authorities in France and elsewhere.