France To Sanction Google Over Privacy Rules

France awards American-Jewish author Philip Roth highest honor

Thus, Frances Embassy is located in Tel Aviv. And every time an Israeli official should meet with a French official, the ambassador is forced to travel to Jerusalem. But in Jerusalem, there is a Consulate, the consul is one of the few in the French diplomacy who has a dual status: consul and ambassador. We must say that for France, the Consulate in Jerusalem serves exclusively as a link with the Palestinian Authority. And no matter if the Consulate is located in the heart of the Jewish Jerusalem, West Jerusalem (I say this even though I dont like to talk about a divided Jerusalem from East to West). The Consulate deals with the problems of the French who live in Jerusalem and the settlements, but the website of the Consulate is in French and Arabic. Exit Hebrew. Well, there is an Hebrew page: but almost totally empty and not up to date. Summarize: Paris does not recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital and has installed its embassy of France in Israel in Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, there is no Palestinian state and the Oslo agreements prohibit the Palestinians to declare Jerusalem as the capital of a country (that does not exist). But France already created its embassy in Palestine In Jerusalem ! Mr Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel, In the recent years, the Consulate of France in Jerusalem was the scene of scandals that shook the Franco-Israeli community, but have hardly shaken the Israeli diplomats and politicians.

France sanctions Google for European privacy law violations

The issue of data protection has gathered steam worldwide following revelations by Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, that the US had a vast, secret programme called PRISM to monitor Internet users. France’s National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) said on Friday that Google had failed to comply with data protection guidelines within a three-month deadline and said it would begin a formal sanction procedure, under which the US giant could be fined up to 150,000 euros ($205,000). CNIL had asked Google to inform web users in France on how it processes their personal data and to define exactly how long they can store the information. It had also requested that the US giant obtain users’ permission before storing cookies on their computers, referring to files that track netizens and allow companies to target them with tailored commercials. “On the last day of this (three-month) period, Google responded to the CNIL. Google contests the reasoning of the CNIL and has not complied with the requests laid down in the enforcement notice,” the watchdog said in a written statement. “In this context, the Chair of the CNIL will now designate a rapporteur for the purpose of initiating a formal procedure for imposing sanctions.” In its response, Google made no mention of any challenge to CNIL’s reasoning and maintained it respects European law. Privacy policy “Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services. We have engaged fully with CNIL throughout this process and will continue to do so going forward,” Google spokesman Al Verney said, according to AP news agency. France’s move follows Google’s introduction last year of a new privacy policy which enables it to track user activity across its search engine, Gmail, the Google+ social networking platform and other services it owns, which include YouTube. The changes make it easier for Google to collect and process data that could be used by advertisers to target individuals with offers tailored to their specific interest, thereby increasing the company’s revenue potential. Google has defended the changes it made last year on the ground that they simplify and standardise its approach across its various services. But critics argue that the policy, which offers no ability to opt out aside from refraining from signing into Google services, gives the operator of the world’s largest search engine unprecedented ability to monitor its users. While always on the agenda, the issue of data protection took on an extra dimension when Snowden’s revelations were published in June. Under PRISM, the National Security Agency can issue directives to Internet firms demanding access to emails, online chats, pictures, files, videos and more.

Philip Roth Photo: REUTERS American-Jewish author Philip Roth was awarded Frances highest honor, the Legion of Honor. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presented the award to Roth on Friday in New York. Related: The award recognizes civilians and soldiers. Roth was granted the title of commander, the French news agency AFP reported. France is giving you back what you have given to my country, Fabius said, according to AFP. Roth, the author of nearly 30 novels, has and won numerous literary prizes. They include two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards and the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He told a French magazine last year that he was done writing fiction. Send Your comment must be approved by a moderator before being published on JPost.com. Disqus users can post comments automatically. Comments must adhere to our Talkback policy . If you believe that a comment has breached the Talkback policy, please press the flag icon to bring it to the attention of our moderation team. JPost Services Terms Of Service Jpost.com, the online edition of the Jerusalem Post Newspaper – the most read and best-selling English-language newspaper in Israel .

The enforcement follows an analysis led by European data protection authorities of a new privacy policy that Google enacted in 2012, France’s privacy watchdog, the Commission Nationale de L’Informatique et des Libertes , said Friday on its website. Google was ordered in June by the CNIL to comply with French data protection laws within three months. But Google had not changed its policies to comply with French laws by a deadline on Friday, because the company said that France’s data protection laws did not apply to users of certain Google services in France, the CNIL said. The company “has not implemented the requested changes,” the CNIL said. As a result, “the chair of the CNIL will now designate a rapporteur for the purpose of initiating a formal procedure for imposing sanctions, according to the provisions laid down in the French data protection law,” the watchdog said. Google could be fined a maximum of 150,000 ($202,562), or 300,000 for a second offense, and could in some circumstances be ordered to refrain from processing personal data in certain ways for three months. What bothers France The CNIL took issue with several areas of Google’s data policies, in particular how the company stores and uses people’s data. How Google informs users about data that it processes and obtains consent from users before storing tracking cookies were cited as areas of concern by the CNIL. In a statement, Google said that its privacy policy respects European law. “We have engaged fully with the CNIL throughout this process, and we’ll continue to do so going forward,” a spokeswoman said. Google is also embroiled with European authorities in an antitrust case for allegedly breaking competition rules.