For the next six months or so, Google’s homepage in France will contain this ugly statement (in French) in a big grey box where its precious white space used to be:
Statement: the Restricted National Commission on Information and Freedom has fined Google €150 000 euro fine for breaches of the “Freedoms” law. The decision can be seen at the following address: http://www.cnil.fr/linstitution/missions/sanctionner/Google/
French authorities have required the statement because Google fell afoul of regulators in Europe. Each country has different information and privacy laws — with France’s often being the most strict — but Google had attempted to introduce a single privacy standard for all its users, globally, in 2012. PC Mag reports:
Google is appealing the decision but is being required to maintain the notice on its front page while the appeals process plays out.