Latest in Cnil

Image credit:

France slaps Google with $204,000 fine for violating privacy laws

Matt Brian, @m4tt
01.08.14
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Google's run in with France's privacy regulator has come to a rather undignified end. After months of deliberation, the National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) today hit the search giant with a €150,000 ($204,000) fine for breaking the law with its unified privacy policy. According to the watchdog, Google didn't adequately inform users about its data collection processes, nor did it obtain consent or tell users how long cookies would be installed on their machine. It's significantly less than the €300,000 fine CNIL threatened in September, but the regulator will compound Google's misery by requesting it to display a notice on its Google.fr homepage for two days explaining the decision. It's the latest in a long line of privacy-related investigations against Google: six European countries have launched probes into its privacy policies, with Spain fining the company €900,000 ($1.2 million) just last month. Google has maintained its innocence throughout, but with penalties coming in thick and fast, it could be forced to amend its policies once more.

[Image Credit: cplapied, Flickr]

Via: GigaOm
Source: CNIL
In this article: cnil, fine, france, google, law, privacy
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Motorola is making Android TVs too

Motorola is making Android TVs too

View
Google may soon let you search with a screenshot

Google may soon let you search with a screenshot

View
US investigates escort and massage sites over human trafficking

US investigates escort and massage sites over human trafficking

View
Nissan envisions car-themed esports gaming chairs

Nissan envisions car-themed esports gaming chairs

View
AI can gauge the risk of dying from heart conditions

AI can gauge the risk of dying from heart conditions

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr