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 Google.fr 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.