Google released its list of 2014’s top searches, revealing a bit of a bleak year gripped by concerns on Ebola, ISIS, and domestic issues.

The top trending searches of 2014 in the US are:

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. Flappy Bird
  6. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  7. ISIS
  8. Ferguson
  9. Frozen
  10. Ukraine

Other trending lists include the Top 10 Trending People, Athletes, Consumer Electronics, Global News, Google Doodles, Loss, World Cup Matches, YouTube videos, and more.

Google may Face $18M Fine for Dutch Privacy Violations

In what’s looking more like a saga in SEO news, Europe just keeps on coming at Google, and this time, it’s the Dutch who are throwing punches at the search engine giant.

Google was given until February to comply with the region’s privacy laws and revise their privacy policy. The Dutch Data Protection Authority said Google’s current privacy policy does not meet the country’s requirement for offering “unambiguous consent.”

The regulator insists Google should give users “clean and consistent information” on how the search giant uses personal user information.

Failure to comply could mean a fine of up to €15 million (around $18.7 million). This is on top of the penalties awarded by the Spanish and French authorities worth €900,000 and €150,000, respectively, for violating the same laws.

Check back next time when we look back at the biggest SEO news of 2014.

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Clayton Wood

Clayton is the Marketing Director of and managing partner of numerous successful online brands offering white label SEO and other online marketing services.