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France threatens Google over breach of data protection rules

Last Updated: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 11:50

Johannesburg: France`s Data Protection Authority (CNIL) has reportedly threatened Google with strict actions if it fails to comply with the data protection guidelines.

The CNIL said that the search giant had failed to comply with data protection guidelines within a three-month deadline and said that it would begin a formal sanction procedure, under which the site could be fined up to 1, 50 ,000 euros.

According to News24, CNIL had asked Google to inform users in France about the way it processes their personal data and define how long they keep the information.

The watchdog had also requested Google to obtain users` permission before storing cookies in their terminal, which allows companies to target them with commercials.

Google is under fire for scanning email content of its users in order to provide them with targeted advertising; however, the site argues that the users themselves agreed to the process.


First Published: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 11:48
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