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The Paris-based authority was one of three European Union member states to announce enforcement actions in June against the U.S. Internet giant regarding changes Google made to its privacy policies in 2012 .
In a Sept. 27 statement, CNIL said Google's response to the order on the final day of the deadline, “challenged the CNIL's reasoning and the jurisdiction of the 1978 law to services used by French residents.”
“In this context, the CNIL's president will appoint a rapporteur to begin a formal sanction procedure, as provided for in the 1978 law,” the authority said.
Under French law, Google could face a fine of up to 300,000 euros ($406,299) in the case, but it might also face similar enforcement actions in several other EU member states.
In January 2012, Google announced it would share--and track--user information across its e-mail, social networking, YouTube, search engine and other services, as part of a plan to integrate its 60 privacy policies into one policy .
The company launched the policy change March 1, 2012, despite a letter from the Art. 29 Working Party urging the company to change the policy .
CNIL's latest statement restates demands from its June 10, 2013, enforcement order listing six areas in which it says Google's policy must be changed to comply with French law. It must:
• specifically and explicitly define the purposes for collecting and processing users' personal data;
• explicitly inform users for what purposes their data are processed;
• define personal data retention periods to not exceed a duration necessary for the stated purposes;
• either obtain informed consent from users to combine their personal data or comply with one of five listed legal conditions;
• fairly collect and process passive users' data, in particular with regard to data collected using the “DoubleClick” and “Analytics” cookies, “+1” buttons or any other Google service available on the page visited; and
• obtain informed user consent to store cookies on their terminals.
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