A court in France has ordered a most public shaming for Google, telling the Internet giant it must display a notice on its French search page acknowledging it’s been fined over how it tracked and stored user information.
The $200,000 fine was imposed in January by the French National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL) for violating consumer privacy.
According to Google Translate, the above notice reads:
“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 order handed down with the fine was very specific as to how the message should look: it should be placed on Google.fr right below the search buttons, and it should be written in an Arial typeface no smaller than 13 points. That’s much larger than any fine-print, and placing the message on Google’s classically pristine homepage would ensure that all users see it.
” ‘This is something we’ve never seen before,’ Google representative Patrice Spinosi said during Thursday’s hearing. ‘Google has always maintained that page in a virgin state.’ ”
After first fighting the fine and the order to air dirty laundry on its own search page, Google said Friday it had acquiesed:
“We will comply with the order to post the notice, but we’ll also continue with our appeal before the Conseil d’Etat,” the statement read.