French Regulator Admonishes Google Over Missed Privacy Deadline

Privacy watchdog of France has said that it will impose sanctions on Google after Google failed to implement the changes to its privacy policy in the given 3 months time expired.

The Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des libertes (CNIL) has imitated proceedings for imposition of fine on Google after the necessary changes regarding disclosures about collection of usage of visitors data were not made in the privacy policy. It was disclosed the agency that Google protested against the request especially¬†” the applicability of the French data-protection law to the services used by residents in France”.

The proposed fine of $203,100 is meager by Google’s standards which earned a total of $10.7 billion profits in 2012. But the fine could have far reaching implications because it comes at a time when privacy protection bodies in Germany, Britain, Netherlands and Italy are also investigating the similar charges. Google is also under pressure in the US to make changes to its privacy policy.

Google combined privacy treatment of all of its more than 60 services including Google+, Gmail, YouTube etc in March 2012. This connecting of information across services was contested by users.

French watchdog has said that the new privacy policy is a violation of French data protection act of 1978.

Google in a statement has said:

“Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services. We have engaged fully with the CNIL throughout this process, and we’ll continue to do so going forward.”

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