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France fines Google $260,000 in data privacy row

Published on Jan 9, 2014 2:50 AM

PARIS (AFP) - France's data protection watchdog on Wednesday fined Google 150,000 euros (S$260,000) - the maximum possible - for failing to comply with its privacy guidelines for personal data.

The watchdog, the CNIL, also ordered the US Internet giant to publish a statement relating to its decision on its French homepage for at least 48 hours within the next eight days.

Google was informed of the decision on January 3, the CNIL said in a statement.

France's move follows Google's introduction last year of a new privacy policy which enables it to track user activity across its search engine, Gmail, the Google+ social networking platform and other services it owns, which include YouTube.

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