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Google gets hit with the largest fine ever levied by French privacy regulatory group CNIL, which tacked on a bit of humiliation for the company in the process.
Google might face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines in France for privacy violations. Small potatoes to the company, but the ruling could portend a more difficult relationship between Europe and Google.
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.
Claims that older Facebook private messages were posted on users' walls are unfounded, according to the French data protection agency.
Charged with violations of the French Data Protection Act, the search giant is under the gun to rework how it handles personal data.
Web giant's practice of combining user data from its different services violates data protection law, the agency says.
Web giant may face "repressive action" before summer if it does not respond to a dozen recommendations related to how it manages user data.
Peter Fleischer, Google's top global privacy counsel, says a "much-flawed" proposed EU privacy law is "dead," while praising whistleblower Edward Snowden.