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CNIL Issues Its Largest-Ever Fine to Google

PRIVACY LAW—FRANCE & U.S.

January 9, 2014

French privacy regulator the CNIL has fined Google $204,000 for breaking the law with its unified privacy policy—its biggest fine to date, GigaOM reports. The CNIL said the company implemented its shift to one privacy policy across all its services without properly informing users of the ways in which their data would be combined and for what purposes. That’s similar to The Netherlands’ data protection authority assertion in November, while Spain’s data protection authority fined the company $1.2 million last month. The fines are the latest in European displays of dissatisfaction with online tracking, which may impact EU-U.S. business relations, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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