Sam Lehman reports:
Google Inc. finds itself in hot waters again for failing to comply with French privacy demands, despite a three-month extended deadline given by the national authorities. The Paris-based Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), an independent data protection commission, Friday released a report detailing Google’s failure to make necessary changes to its privacy policies as demanded by the French government.
Somehow, I don’t think the fines that they can impose are hefty enough to make a real difference. So what else do they have up their sleeves that could serve as a motivator to comply with their laws? They could stop them from processing personal information for three months, but would they do that? Actually, I think they might/would.
Correction: A previous version of this post had the amount of the fine wrong. Google can be fined 150,000 euros and then an additional 300,000 euros if they fail to comply within the next three months.