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France is giving Google two options when it comes up to its privacy policy: make changes, or pay up. 

French data protection watchdog CNIL told Google that it has three months to make changes to its privacy policy -- which violates French laws -- or pay a fine of up to 150,000 euros ($201,000 USD). 

If Google still fails to change its policy, it'll be slapped with another fine of 300,000 euros. 

CNIL has been looking into Google's privacy policy since it launched in March 2012. At that time, Google decided to combine its 60 privacy policies into one. It also pooled data collected across different services together without allowing users to opt out. 

Google said it combined the privacy policies into one so that users could locate it and understand it more easily. 


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CNIL also said that Britain, Italy, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands were taking action against Google's consolidated privacy policy as well, which means Google could get hit with fines worth "several million euros," according to Reuters

"By the end of July, all the authorities within the [EU data protection] task force will have taken coercive action against Google," said CNIL President Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin.

Google hasn't had an easy time with the EU lately. The European Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation into Google's possible abuse of search dominance as well as using results to its own advantage in November 2010. It suggested that Google make changes to its search results back in May 2012. The investigation was finally settled in April of this year.

In January of this year, Google managed to escape a two-year U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation with no fines. The investigation looked into Google's possible abuse of search dominance as well by using results to its own advantage.

Source: CNIL





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