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France Fines Google Over Privacy Violations

8:24 pm on Jan 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

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The French data protection authority CNIL has fined Google €150,000 ($204,000) over its unified privacy policy, which regulators believe violates European privacy law. The EU data protection authorities are coordinating their anti-Google efforts – Spain became the first to levy a fine last month, relieving the company of $1.2 million.

In a statement on Wednesday, CNIL said Google’s merging of its various services’ privacy policies into a unified policy was in itself legal, but there was no legal basis for the combination of data that this policy enables. France Fines Google Over Privacy Violations [gigaom.com]
Now, it doesn’t take a genius to note that €150,000 is chump change for Google, but it is the largest fine ever levied by CNIL. The regulator also ordered Google to put a notice on google.fr over 2 days – within 8 days from today – about the decision.