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Spanish watchdog fines Google 900,000 euros on privacy violations

MADRID -- Spain's data protection watchdog ordered U.S. Internet giant Google on Thursday to pay a 900,000-euro fine for “serious violations” of users' privacy.

The Spanish Data Protection Agency accused the popular search provider of “illegal processing of personal data” obtained from users of various services such as Google email accounts.

Google's privacy policy enables it to track the activity of users across its search engine, Gmail, the Google+ social networking platform and other services it owns, which include YouTube.

It ordered Google to pay 300,000 euros (US$410,000) for each of three breaches of Spain's data protection law and ordered it to bring its privacy policy in line with legal norms.

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