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Google Posts Privacy Warning on its French Site

Google has been fined 150,000 Euros for violating French privacy laws and has been forced to post a privacy warning on its French homepage. France’s Commissions Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) imposed the fine and the obligation to post the notice when Google unified the privacy policy from all of their separate services.

The CNIL found that the policy didn’t give French citizens enough control over their private data and Google didn’t explain well enough what they planned on doing with the said data.

Google is appealing the fine and have asked the French court to suspend the order to post the notice arguing that is would cause ‘irreparable damage’ to its reputation. To avoid Google trying to subtly ‘hide’ the notice, the CNIL depicted the text, size, font and position that the notice should be on the Homepage.

Even though they have been under the microscope of European countries for years, this is the first time a country has ordered Google to place such a notice.

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Google has been fined 150,000 Euros for violating French privacy laws and has been forced to post a privacy warning on its French homepage

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