CNiL Plans to Sue Google

The Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNiL) is planning to file suit against Google.

The Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNiL) is planning to file suit against Google. Photo: mr.paille for flickr.

Both French and European representatives on the National Commission on Information and Liberties (CNiL) are moving forward with plans to sue Google. The potential suit would concern Google’s failure to alter its newest privacy policy, which was implemented early last year.

In January 2012, Google “unified the privacy policies of its services” into a single document. Google has supposedly repeatedly ignored requests from CNiL officials to review the document. The French CNiL pursued an investigation until October of 2012.

The motion has been in the works for some time. Six French national authorities called for action against Google with “low scale  business sanctions.” Two months later on June 20, CNiL had finally secured Google’s word to comply with the European organization’s requests to redact its privacy policy. Should the proceedings move forward, Google could pay France 150,000 euros in addition to one million to CNiL member nations. CNiL would also consider forbidding Google from data-mining Europeans upon failure to meet these guidelines.

A G20 conference is expected to be held next week. A formal decision will be announced by the council following the conference, scheduled for either October 3 or 4.


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