Google has reportedly been fined 150,000 euros ($203,500) by CNIL, France’s data protection watchdog for what it deems to be privacy violations. This is apparently the most they can fine a company, though it can be doubled in the case of a repeated offense.
The policy hasn’t been much of an issue here in the U.S., but France and other European countries have been very vocal in their opposition to it since it was announced.
Bloomberg News shares a statement from Google:
The fine is hardly a huge blow to the tech giant. A $22.5 million fine the U.S. Federal Trade Commission handed to Google in 2012 was pretty much considered a mere slap on the wrist by man, considering the revenue Google generates. This fine is basically pocket change for the company.