Google France Home Page Now Carries Privacy Violation Notice, As Ordered
Notice Required For 2 Days
Google is appealing the ruling made against it in January, which also carried a 150,000 euro fine (about $200,000). Google had asked that the requirement to post a notice be put on hold pending the appeal, but that was denied. Hence the notice going up now.
The notice says in English, via a rough translation from Google Translate:
Release: the Restricted National Commission on Informatics and Liberties has condemned the company Google 150 000 euro fine for breaches and freedoms law. Decision reached at the following address: http://www.cnil.fr/linstitution/missions/sanctionner/Google/
The statement has to stay up for 48 hours — 2 days — and then can come down.
Link May Have Crashed French Privacy Agency Site
The statement includes a link to the ruling by the French privacy agency CNiL. I found getting the statement slow to load, which might suggest that CNiL wasn’t quite prepared for the amount of traffic a Google home page link can generate. Sometimes, the site wouldn’t load at all.
The DownForEveryoneOrJustMe service confirmed there was a problem:
Two other site checking services I tried also found it down.
Flashback: What Belgium Demanded In 2006
It’s not the first time that Google’s been ordered to post a statement like this on one of its home pages. In 2006, Google was ordered to post an entire ruling against it in a case involving copyright and Belgian newspapers for five days. The company complied, and it leaves what France ordered in the dust: