France’s privacy watchdog fines Google 150k euros


France’s data protection agency has fined US technology giant Google for violating the country’s privacy guidelines regarding personal data.

France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL) imposed 150,000 euro (USD 203,000) in fine on Google Wednesday, saying that Google ignored its three-month deadline to change its rules in order to bring about more transparency and choices for users.

“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,” CNIL said.

Google is also required to post the CNIL decision on its French website for 48 hours.

A Google spokesperson said it would read the CNIL report more closely, while insisting that its data protection system respects European law.

The US tech giant has run into numerous problems in the light of new global telecommunication rules introduced during recent years.

According to the CNIL report, other European countries are launching similar offensives against Google’s privacy policy between now and the end of next July. It said Google has largely ignored earlier recommendations from European regulators.[Read more]