Google could be facing a hefty fine in France for not complying with requests to modify how they treat user data. France's privacy watchdog, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés, or CNIL, issued a three-month deadline for compliance back in June which has now expired.
The group has since started a court-like procedure against the search giant that could take several months and may end up with a hearing. According to the Wall Street Journal, a person briefed on the matter said the CNIL is trying to determine whether it would be legal to count every Google user in the country as an infraction.
Such a move would multiply potential fines well past the current maximum of 150,000 euros ($203,000) for first-time offenders. A repeat offense would accrue an additional fine of 300,000 euros according to Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chairwoman of the French authority. Other regulators could also impose sanctions against Google to the tune of 1 million euros which collectively would mean several million euros paid in, not to mention it could tarnish the search giant’s image.