Internet freedom [JURIST backgrounder] and privacy rights on the Internet have emerged as major international legal issues in recent years. Google has faced many legal challenges regarding the privacy of internet users. In February 2013 the French data protection agency Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertes (CNIL) [official website] said that EU data protection agencies intended to take action [JURIST report] against Google and investigate the Internet company’s failure to comply with EU privacy laws. In 2012 the company was fined $22.5 million [JURIST report] for alleged privacy misrepresentations concerning Apple’s Safari Internet browser. Earlier that year a federal judge dismissed [JURIST report] a suit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center [advocacy website] that sought to block Google’s proposed privacy changes that would allow a user’s information to be shared among several Google products, including YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps.