CNET and other media outlets are reporting that France’s data protection agency, the CNIL, announced Friday it plans to sanction Google following the company’s refusal to meet its demands for changes to its privacy policy. The CNIL will now appoint a rapporteur to “initiate the possibility of sanctions, which could include fines.” The CNIL’s requests reportedly include asking Google to inform users about the purposes of its data processing, to define retention periods for the personal data processed and to get explicit consent for placing cookies. Google feels it already complies with European privacy law. A number of privacy industry members weigh in on the case’s importance.
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