France and five other European nations are putting Google on notice about privacy, telling the search giant that if it doesn’t amend its policies for dealing with users’ data within 90 days, large fines will be assessed.
The deadline was issued by France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL), which is France’s data protection agency.
Not yet in compliance
In a statement, the CNIL told Google that it is taking the action because the company is not yet in compliance with French law.
An ongoing CNIL investigation “has confirmed Google’s breaches of the French Data Protection Act of 6 January 1978, as amended (hereinafter ‘French Data Protection Act’) which, in practice, prevents individuals from knowing how their personal data may be used and from controlling such use,” the CNIL statement said. “If Google Inc. does not comply with this formal notice at the end of the given time limit, CNIL’s Select Committee, in charge of sanctioning breaches to the French Data Protection Act, may issue a sanction against the company.”