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Google appeals fine, search page notice in French privacy fight

02/07, 7:28am

CNIL fine, 48-hour warning to users contested in court

Google is returning to court in France, to contest a fine and notification over its unified privacy policy. The €150,000 ($204,000) fine from France's National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) is being appealed by the search company, with an order to place a prominent notice to warn users about the ruling on Google.fr also being fought.

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Dutch government: Google's use of user data 'forbidden by law'

11/28, 3:43pm

Agency demands prior consent

The Dutch Data Protection Authority has declared that Google's data-collection methods violate the country's privacy regulations. The agency has focused on the company's unified privacy policy, established early last year, which enables user data from various products and services to be combined.

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France promises to sanction Google over privacy policy

09/27, 1:43pm

Company fails to comply with demands

France's data-privacy watchdog, the CNIL (Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés), has moved forward with plans to sanction Google over the company's privacy policies. The agency in June ordered the company to implement a number of changes to comply with the French Data Protection Act, however the company reportedly failed to adjust its policies within a three-month deadline.

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EU intensifies threats over Google's unified privacy policy

02/18, 1:47pm

Google dismisses allegations

European Union regulators have intensified threats over Google's unified privacy policy, which drew criticism early last year following its introduction. The group of 27 regulatory agencies in October advised the company to make a number of changes to the policy, such as a clarification over how personal data will be used, however the search giant has continued to voice confidence that it is not violating European laws.

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Facebook meeting European privacy guidelines, avoids fines

09/21, 8:08pm

More work needed; work on privacy overhaul continues

Facebook has passed a review by the governing body that regulates the social network's privacy policy and failures ouside of North America. Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner ordered Facebook to conduct a privacy overhaul for its users outside the United States and Canada after an investigation found its privacy policies were too convoluted and lacked transparency to governing agencies and users.

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EPIC sues FTC to make Google revoke new privacy policy

02/10, 5:10am

EPIC says new Google policy in breach of FTC deal

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has sued the Federal Trade Commission for failing to stop Google from initiating recent changes to its privacy agreement with users. According to a brief statement from Epic, Google’s new privacy policy is in violation of an agreement that the FTC reached with Google in March last year following the Google Buzz privacy debacle. EPIC argues that the new policy changes do not give users the an opt in or out option as it agreed to do.

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