Google Fined Euros 150,000 Over Privacy Issues in France

Google Main SearchThe data protection regulator in France has fined Google 150,000 Euros after it failed to comply with its requirements relating to storing user information and tracking within the 3 months ultimatum given to it earlier.

CNIL, the privacy watchdog in France, has also ordered that Google places this decision on its home page in France i.e on google.fr for 48 hours.

The problem is with the new privacy policy that Google started implementing in March 2012 wherein Google announced to consolidate the privacy data of all 60 of its services including Gmail, Youtube and Google+. Users were not given any opt-out option.

CNIL has said in its statement that “The company does not sufficiently inform its users of the conditions in which their personal data are processed, nor of the purposes of this processing.”

Similar cases are also under process against Google  in many other European countries like Netherlands, Britain, Spain, Italy and Germany because the privacy policy implemented by Google in 2012 is not in line with the local European laws on user data and privacy.

CNIL has said that it is the highest fine in its history but is a tiny fraction of Google’s $10.7 billion net profit of 2012. The fine under Spanish law can be up to a maximum of 1 million euros while German Data Protection Act allows a maximum fine of 300,000 euros.

 

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