Privacy penalty weighs down Google's French Web site

A court requirement in France results in a prominent block of text telling people about a 150,000-euro fine and a commission's conclusion about how Google violated privacy law.

Google's search page in France shows a notice of a fine related to a finding that it violated French privacy law.
Google's search page in France shows a notice of a fine related to a finding that it violated French privacy law. screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Google has complied with a French court requirement that it notify people visiting its main search page about finding that it violated France's privacy law.

The notice informs people of the 150,000-euro fine (about $204,000) regarding last year's move to a more streamlined, unified privacy policy. The French National Commission on Information and Liberty (CNIL) ordered the posting Friday.

The Google.fr search page now includes the notice, including a link to the CNIL page explaining its finding and the sanction against Google.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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