Google Inc (GOOG) is appealing a ?150,000 fine from privacy officials in France

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has filed an appeal against a ?150,000 ($205,000) fine that they were fined by a privacy organization in France. The National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) fined Google on January 9th for introducing new privacy policies that breach data protection laws in France. The CNIL also ordered Google to post the decision against them on their homepage in within 8 days of receiving a formal notification of the ruling and keep the post there for up to 48 hours. Google did not provide any details on when and where the appeal was filed.

Le Figaro reported on Tuesday that the appeal was filed with the Council of State. Google filed an appeal against the ruling based on the merits of the case. The appeal asks for urgent action and is seeking a suspension of the ruling. This would give Google some leeway in having to post the embarrassing notice on their website of the CNIL fine until after the Council makes a decision.

Google made changes to their privacy policy in March 2012. They replaced policies covering a group of products with one document that allows them to combine information about a person’s usage of different services using a single profile. The CNIL spent around a year exchange letters with Google before launching their formal investigation of the new policy in April of 2013.

Google said that they have cooperated with the CNIL. ?We?ve engaged fully with the CNIL throughout this process to explain our privacy policy and how it allows us to create simpler, more effective services,? said Google on Tuesday.