France slaps Google with $204,000 fine for violating privacy laws

Google’s run in with France’s privacy regulator has come to a rather unglamorous end. After months of deliberation, the National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) today hit the search giant with a €150,000 ($204,000) fine for breaking the law with its unified privacy policy. It’s significantly less than the €300,000 fine CNIL threatened in September, but the regulator will compound Google’s misery by requesting it to display a notice on its Google.fr homepage for two days explaining the decision. It’s the latest in a long line of privacy-related investigations against Google: six European countries have launched probes into its privacy policies, with Spain fining the company €900,000 ($1.2 million) just last month. Google has protested its innocence throughout, but with penalties coming in thick and fast, it could be forced to amend its policies once more.

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Via:GigaOm

Source: CNIL

Source: Engadget

Author: Daily Tech Whip

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