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Google Fights CNIL Request In Court

PRIVACY LAW—FRANCE

February 7, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has asked a French court to suspend an order requiring it to post a message on its French home page notifying users of the privacy fine levied by Frances data protection authority (the CNIL). A Google lawyer has argued that posting the notice of the 150,000 euro ($204,000) fine causes irreparable damage to the company’s reputation. Patrice Spinosi, a lawyer representing Google, said, “This is something we’ve never seen before … Google has always maintained that page in a virgin state.” The CNIL has said that users of Google’s home page have the right to know that Google has been sanctioned. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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