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France Gives Google Ultimatum on Privacy Procedures

France's data protection authority has given Google three months to change the way it handles users' private data, or face legal sanctions.

The order, made on June 10 and published Thursday, is the result of a formal investigation begun by the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) in April, after the company repeatedly rejected requests to reverse changes it made to its privacy policy in March 2012.

Source: PC World. Read full article. (link)

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    Are French citizens incapable of not using Google if they're concerned for their privacy?

    If it does not comply, Google could face a fine of a maximum of €150,000 (or €300,000 for a second offense), and could in certain circumstances be ordered to refrain from processing personal data in certain ways for a period of three months.

    I'm sure Google is scared shitless.

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