Recall the Google Buzz disaster, which prompted an FTC settlement, and how it hacked iPhones to track users for ads and paid the biggest FTC fine in history. There’s the Google Play question. Then there’s the EU regulators who say they will take “coercive actions” against Google “after it failed to follow their orders to comply with EU privacy laws” after Googlechanged its policy to track users across all its products.

“At the end of a four-month delay accorded to Google to conform and promise to implement recommendations, no response has been forthcoming by the company” said France’s CNIL data protection agency.

That sounds an awful lot like what the FCC said happened in the Street View case. Really, what do you have to do to earn the label serial violator?

The point is, Google is an incredibly powerful and important corporation, and its slip-ups require close attention, and a memory of what’s been reported not so long ago.

 

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.