Reporters watch a presentation during the inauguration of the new Google cultural institute in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP / Jacques Brinon)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:21PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:49PM EST
PARIS -- The French digital privacy watchdog is fining Google 150,000 euros ($204,000) for breaking rules on ensuring data privacy.
Google has contended that its new policy is simpler and complies with European law.
Since the company did not change its policy as requested, the CNIL said it is fining Google. The agency also asked the search giant to post a statement about the decision on its French home page, google.fr.
The statement did not say whether it intends to quickly pay up. "We'll be reading their report closely to determine next steps," Google said.