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Google 'respects' but disagrees on privacy

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, says he respects but disagrees with complaints about his company's privacy policies made by data protection authorities in six European countries.

Schmidt said the Internet search and ad giant has "very broadly communicated" its policies to authorities in the countries where the complaints have been made.

Data watchdogs in France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands have said Google needs to provide additional guarantees to comply with national protection rules in each of those countries.

Schmidt made his comment in Athens on Thursday while attending a technology event there, and after meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.