French Courts Force Google to Air Indiscretion on Homepage
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Google users in France might have noticed something a bit different about the search engine's homepage this weekend.
In addition to the fine, which is the maximum amount that can be incurred, Google was forced to post a notice to its French homepage that alerted visitors to the ruling and fine for 48 hours following a failed appeal before French courts (Conseil d'Etat) on Friday.
The notice was required to be written in 13-point Arial font and located directly beneath the search bar, with a link to CNIL's decision. The statement read: "Press release: the CNIL has fined Google €150,000 for violating the law on 'information and freedoms.' The decision can be accessed at the following web address: http://www.cnil.fr/linstitution/missions/sanctionner/Google/." The only problem there was that the traffic from the link led CNIL's servers to crash for some of the weekend.
France is not the only one that has a bone to pick where Google is concerned. The company has already faced fines from Spanish and Dutch privacy authorities and Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom are carrying out similar investigations.