Google Submits to French Law, Posts Court Ordered Privacy Warning

google-france-privacy-noticeFinally this Saturday morning, Google has submitted to French authorities and published a notice on google.fr letting the users know that it has been fined €150,000 ($204,525) as a result of violating the privacy laws of France.

An emergency hearing was held on Thursday where lawyers from Google had made last ditch effort to escape the posting of this notice citing the reason that this will result in irreparable damage to the internet giant’s reputation. It also has appealed the overall ruling. However, Google was left with no option but to post this notice when the court held that Google had not proved any urgent danger to the company.

In January, the CNIL, France’s privacy watchdog had ordered Google to publish the specific text with detailed instructions mentioning the exact position and font of the notice.

The case relates to the privacy changes Google made mandatory by which meant a single privacy policy for all Google services which also included YouTube and Gmail.

The CNIL had determined that Google is not clear about what it does with the data collected across different services. Given below is the an English translation of the notice published on Google.fr.

“Communiqué: The sanctions committee of the Commision Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés has ordered Google to pay a €150,000 fine for violations of the ‘Data-Processing and Freedoms’ law. Decision available at the following address: http:www.cnil.fr/linstitution/missions/sanctionner/Google/”

 

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