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France fines Google $204,000 over privacy policy

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PARIS — The French digital privacy watchdog is fining Google $204,000 for breaking rules on ensuring data privacy.

The CNIL agency said on Wednesday that Google’s new privacy policy — which applies to all of its services from e-mail to calendars — isn’t specific enough about how and why it collects data from users and doesn’t define how long it keeps such data, among other problems. EU authorities also have said the new privacy policy doesn’t follow their rules.

Google has contended that its new policy is simpler and complies with European law.

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