Google pays a fine of € 150,000 for violating the privacy of its customers

Google pays a fine of € 150,000 for violating the privacy of its customers

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Google is forced to announce a fine of 150,000 euros on its French website after determining a court that the search giant has violated the privacy of users
Google has been forced to inform its French customers that it must pay a fine of 150,000 euros for violating their privacy.

The French data protection body punished the online advertising giant for the way it tracks and stores users' personal information.

The fine is just the latest blow for Google in France, after receiving earlier this week, from the French tax authorities, a tax receipt of 1 billion euros.

France's privacy body CNIL does not endorse Google's method of combining data collected about individual users on services such as YouTube, Gmail, and Google's social network Google+.

Google began to switch to the new storage model in March 2012, combining 60 privacy policies into one and forcing users to accept it if they wanted to continue using its services, without giving them a choice.

The Silicon Valley company - which has been implicated in Edward Snowden's leaks on US and British espionage via the Internet - said it will abide by the CNIL order, but will continue to fight the 150,000-euro fine imposed last month.
Google last month appealed the fine imposed by the agency, as well as the order to publish a notice of the penalty on its main page for 48 hours.

Lawyers for the multibillion-dollar company specifically asked the Conseil d'Etat (Council of State), France's highest administrative court, to stay the order while it re-examines the case. However, the judges ruled that there was insufficient urgency or evidence of harm to Google's reputation to justify a suspension.

About this privacy ruling, a Google spokesperson told Reuters: “We have fully collaborated with the CNIL throughout this entire process to explain our privacy policy and how it enables us to create simpler and more efficient services. For our part, we will comply with the order to publish the notice, but we will also continue with our appeal to the Council of State.

Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain have also opened similar cases against Google, arguing that the company's privacy policy has violated local laws on the protection of citizens' personal data.

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