France to take action against Google over privacy
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A French data protection watchdog is set to take action against Google over failing to comply with the country’s privacy guidelines.
It had asked Google to inform users in France on how it processes their personal data and to define how long they can keep the information.
But in a statement on its website the CNIL said that Google had failed to make the requested changes and that it will now begin a formal sanction procedure against the company, which could result in a fine of up to 150,000 euros.
Friday's action puts new pressure on Google over its data protection record, with the company still smarting from criticism over providing customer information to the US government as part of its fight against foreign terrorists.
The CNIL said that Google has largely ignored previous recommendations from European regulators and noted that similar actions against the company are currently underway in Spain, Germany, Britain, Italy and the Netherlands.
(FRANCE 24 with wires)
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