"[o]n the last day of the three-month time period [September 20, 2013] given to Google Inc., the
company [Google] contested the reasoning followed by the CNIL, and notably the
applicability of the French data protection law to the services used by
residents in France. Therefore, it has not implemented the requested
changes. In this context, the Chair of the CNIL will now designate a
rapporteur for the purpose of initiating a formal procedure for imposing
sanctions, according to the provisions laid down in the French data
Google had broken French law and gave it three months to change its
privacy policies or risk a fine of up to 150,000 euros ($200,000)."
While potential fines may be a drop in the bucket to Google's bottom line, it would not surprise me if data protection authorities across the world turn up the heat against Google and utilize all available legal and regulatory avenues to ensure that Google complies with their data protection laws.
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