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France fines Google $204,000 for breaking privacy laws

updated 03:08 pm EST, Wed January 8, 2014

Company will be forced to show web notice explaining decision

France's National Commission on Computing and Freedom has fined Google €150,000 -- or about $204,000 -- for violating local privacy laws, reports say. The fine is half the amount the Commission was considering in September, but Google will also have to display a notice on for two days, explaining the government's ruling. France was upset with Google's blanket approach to privacy, and asked it to define retention periods and individual purposes for data collection, and get consent from the public before storing cookies.

As a rule, Google has faced more scrutiny in Europe than in North America. Six countries have launched serious investigations of its privacy policies, and last month, Spain fined the company €900,000, or more than $1.2 million. Google has so far insisted on having done nothing wrong.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99


    Google takes what, 30 seconds to make that much in profit?

  1. slapppy

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    Joined: 03-23-08

    Google just generated ad revenue from users reading that story to pay it off! LOL

  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: 01-03-08

    @ slapppy, Spheric...LOL, spot on!!

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Wow, I'm sure that fine will really get Google to mend its ways and rethink the path its on. Really I do. Or perhaps they'll just root around in their sofa's seat cushions to rustle up the money to pay that.

  1. smacker

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    Joined: 04-24-03

    You're all absolutely right. But it's not about the fine. It's about other countries speaking up against any entity, be it another country or corporation, if local laws are broken. Just because Google is a big ass company with buttloads of money doesn't mean they get to do whatever they want globally. Financially, i's a slap on the wrist, sure. But it's also a signal. For Google and for other countries to step up and enforce local laws against ruthless companies.

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