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France Fines Google Over Data Privacy

The warning must state that the company's unified privacy policy from March 1, 2012 does not comply visit the site with French law. CNIL justified its demand that Google post the warning because of "the extent of Google's data collection, as well as by the necessity to inform the persons concerned who are not in a capacity to exercise their rights." CNIL's Sanctions Committee said that while it did not have a problem with Google's intent to streamline its privacy policies into one, it found that the new policy had violated several provisions of the French Data Protection Act. Google was found at fault for not sufficiently protecting its customers' personal data in four instances: The company does not sufficiently inform its users more.. of the conditions in which their personal data are processed, nor of the purposes of this processing. They may therefore neither understand the purposes for which their data are collected, which are not specific as the law requires, nor the ambit of the data collected through the different services concerned. Consequently, they are not able to exercise their rights, in particular their right of access, objection or deletion. <br>More:

France to cut troops in Mali, says mission accomplished

Credit: Reuters/Jacques Brinon/Pool/Files More slideshows PARIS (Reuters) - France's data protection watchdog has fined Google (GOOG.O) 150,000 euros after the U.S. search engine ignored a three-month ultimatum to bring its practices on tracking and storing user information in line with local law. The privacy watchdog, known as CNIL, has also ordered Google to post the decision on its homepage for 48 hours within eight days of being officially notified of the this site ruling. At issue was the new approach to user data that Google began in March 2012, in which it consolidated its 60 privacy policies into one and started combining data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+. It gave users no means to opt out. <br>More:

Why bossnappings and France are like baguette and brie

View gallery A French soldier stands at the military base in Gao on December 31, 2013 (AFP Photo/Joel Saget) Creil (France) (AFP) - France will cut its troops in Mali to 1,600 by the middle of next month from the current level of 2,500, President Francois Hollande said Wednesday. Speaking at an airbase in Creil in northern France, Hollande said the "situation is well under control" in Mali, where the "key objectives of the mission have been accomplished." "The troop size will be reduced from about 2,500 at present to 1,600 and then to 1,000 which is the number necessary to fight any threat that might resurface as these terrorist groups are still present in northern Mali," the president said. France launched the military Operation Serval in its former colony on January 11, 2013 to repel an Islamist advance following a coup. The intervention has been widely hailed as a success internationally for stopping Al-Qaeda-linked militants and Tuareg rebels from descending south of the sprawling country and advancing on the capital Bamako. Politics & Government PROVO, Utah (AP) A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks to her first grandchild. Associated Press <br>More:

France slaps Google with fines, remedial measures

more than once. In the most recent incident, 200 workers at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. ( GT ) plant in Amiens, France took two executives hostage Monday by keeping them from leaving the facility. The so-called bossnapping was in response to Goodyear's plans to close the factory and leave some 1,200 workers jobless. Last year, the French government had tried to broker a deal in which Quincy, Ill.-based Titan International Inc. would invest in the factory, but it fell through when Titan's chairman, Maurice Taylor, insulted the country's labor laws and its work habits. <br>More:

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