updated 03:08 pm EST, Wed January 8, 2014
Company will be forced to show web notice explaining decision
France's National Commission on Computing and Freedom has fined Google €150,000 -- or about $204,000 -- for violating local privacy laws, reports say. The fine is half the amount the Commission was considering in September, but Google will also have to display a notice on Google.fr for two days, explaining the government's ruling. France was upset with Google's blanket approach to privacy, and asked it to define retention periods and individual purposes for data collection, and get consent from the public before storing cookies.
As a rule, Google has faced more scrutiny in Europe than in North America. Six countries have launched serious investigations of its privacy policies, and last month, Spain fined the company €900,000, or more than $1.2 million. Google has so far insisted on having done nothing wrong.