Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

France hands down data privacy fine to Google

Published time: January 09, 2014 01:11
Reuters / Regis Duvignau

Reuters / Regis Duvignau

French data protection watchdog CNIL fined Google 150,000 euros ($204,000) for ignoring its three-month deadline to align its practice of tracking and storing user information with the country’s law.

"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 in a statement.

The watchdog also ruled that Google must publish its decision on google.fr for a period of 48 hours within eight days of being notified of the ruling.

Back in June CNIL ruled that Google has breached six counts of the country’s privacy laws. The biggest concern was that the company did not provide “sufficient” information to users in terms of how their information was being used and stored.

The issue at the center of the controversy is the new way Google is using individuals’ data, by combining 60 privacy policies together and collecting data on users from all of its services such as Gmail, Google+, YouTube, without giving the users the option to opt out.

In response, Google said it will take note of the decision and look into further action.

"Throughout our talks with CNIL, we have explained our privacy policy and how it allows us to create simpler and more efficient services," Google’s spokesman in France told Reuters.

The fine amount is the highest ever issued by CNIL. Other European countries including Spain, UK, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have all begun similar cases against Google as the company’s privacy policy is not in line with local laws.

Many European countries limit the amount of the potential fine, with Spain’s cap remaining as one of the highest, at up to 1 million euros.

The French case is not the first time Google has been slapped with a fine due to privacy disputes.

In November, the search giant was fined $17 million to settle its case with 37 American states and the District of Columbia after it bypassed Safari browser privacy settings to place ad cookies.

Germany also fined Google 145,000 euros for the systematic and illegal collection of personal data while it was creating its Street View service, calling on European lawmakers to increase fines for violating data protection.

The European Commission is also in the process of developing new and tougher regulations on internet services that would force them to introduce more end-user control, such as the Right to be Forgotten (forcing the company to delete all traces of a user who has decided to quit a service) and penalize them up to 2 percent of annual global turnover if they refuse to do so. The policy, known as the General Data Protection Regulation, may be introduced as early as next year.

Comments (7)

 

Francisco Gonzalez 09.01.2014 17:13

This is clearly a mockery to justice, of course they put the amount of the fine in relation to the Gross sales of Google in France, that are ridiculous in comparison on his real economical activity. This is because they bill with addresses in fiscal shelters such as Luxembourg or Ireland. If a normal company, not a software one, tries to do that kind of stuff they finish all in prison. They are fiscal pirates, and taxpayer companies are very punished when those decisions are taken.

 

Francisco Gonzalez 09.01.2014 14:52

Google employ programmers in US and lobbyists in Europe, that explains everything.

 

shawn 09.01.2014 13:55

eye wash...

View all comments (7)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us