Google facing €300,000 fine for privacy violations in France

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Google is yet again finding themselves in the hot seat over their data practises, this time the noises are coming from France. France’s National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) threatened Google with a €300,000 fine due to the company’s lack of compliance with a decision that was aimed at protecting users’ private data.

The initial decision was set back in June, and Google was given three months to address the concerns made by CNIL regarding centralised data collection that effectivly sticks together information from YouTube, Gmail, searches and transparency regarding just how this data was put to use.

However, Google’s time to address the issue is up and now France are taking the legal route. Such sanctions are a long process and this issue probably won’t be resolved for a couple months, but such a stance is considered aggressive. However, the decision doesn’t seem to have phased the folks at Google. Company spokesperson Al Verney said, “Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services.”

Source – Engagdet

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