Google has dropped its appeal of a €150,000 fine for violating France’s data protection law with its institution of a unified privacy policy, which consolidates policies across all company services and allows the company to combine the data it collects about its users.  Google had initially appealed the fine – the highest to ever be issued by the Commission National de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), France’s data protection authority – to the nation’s highest administrative court.  Google has been fined by the data protection authority in Spain over the same issue.  In addition, it faces potential fines for its unified privacy policy from the Netherlands, a joint EU enforcement action by Germany and Italy, and an order from the UK to better inform users about how it collects their personal data.