French Agency Threatens Google To Fine €300,000 For Privacy Violations

Earlier we have seen the search giant Google being fined $10 millions dollars for violating Safari privacy settings and $190,000 over Street View service. And now it seems like due to a French agency, Google has found itself once again in the hot seat over its data practices!

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France’s National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) has threatened Google that it will fine €300,000 s ($402,180). In fact, the threat is the result of the company’s lack of compliance. However, earlier Google was given three months to address CNIL’s concerns about centralized data collection that lumps together information from YouTube, Gmail and searches.

In a statement, CNIL said, “Google hasn’t made requested changes, including specifying to users what it uses personal data for, and how long it’s held.” The agency also said it will now “launch formal sanction proceedings,” a process that might take months.

On the other side, Google spokesman Al Verney said, “Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services. We have engaged fully with CNIL throughout this process and will continue to do so going forward.”

Now it depends on whether the relatively small fines are enough of an incentive to rethink its privacy rules. Keep an eye to get more updates.

Source: Yahoo!

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