A data safeguard watchdog in France has imposed a fine of 150,000 Euros on the search engine giant Google, as Google didn’t pay attention to a 90 days deadline to disclose its surveillance and user data storage practices in accordance with the French law.
The confidential watchdog, named CNIL, has also made Google to upload the verdict on its google.fr web page for two days within a week of being ordered to do so officially.
Google initiated its user data acquisition program in March 2012, which consisted of 60 privacy policies merged into one. It gathered information about its subscribers using its facilities such as Gmail, YouTube and its own social media network Google+.
“The company does not disclose the procedure of its data acquisition process to its clients nor the conditions of this program,” CNIL stated in a release.
A Google France representative told Reuters that the enterprise will take respond to this announcement and plan to give a quick reply.
“We have briefed CNIL on our confidential strategy and the entire process behind this whole scenario in order to come up with easier and more effective facilities,” he quoted.
Several European countries like have also filed identical lawsuits against Google due to its privacy strategy launched back in 2012 does not fall in line with local regulations safeguarding user’s confidential information.
CNIL has imposed the highest ever fine until now and is justified by the intensity of the violations charged against the tech giant in the case.
The fine imposed by France and other EU nations falls short in contrast to the $10.7 billion net earnings that Google collected in 2012.
Spain can made penalties of over 1 million Euros, whereas the German authorities can impose fine of 300,000 Euros.
In June, CNIL found Google to be in breach of privacy law on six counts, notably that it posted “insufficient” information for French users about how their private browsing data was collected and used.