European countries crack down on Google over privacy

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Last year, Google consolidated the privacy policies of more than 60 of its products into a single document. The change allows the company to share more information about users across its services.

“Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement. She said the company has "engaged fully" with the data protection agencies and will continue to do so.

The European agencies have expressed concern that Google has not provided enough information to users about the policy and that the change allows it to collect too much sensitive personal data. The agencies have urged Google to allow users to more easily opt-out of data collection and obtain consent before collecting certain types of information.