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French Agency May Slap Google with a €300,000 Fine for Privacy Violations

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According to reports, Google may yet again find itself in hot water for it’s privacy practices. This time, with France.

Earlier today, 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 June decision aimed at protecting users’ private data. Previously, Google was given three months to address CNIL’s concerns about centralized data collection that lumps together information from Youtube, Gmail and searches and transparency about how such data was put to use. Now, the clock is up, and France isn’t fooling around. While formal sanctioning is a lengthy process that won’t be resolved for several months, the country’s stance is considered aggressive, even if the fine is relatively modest.

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