We all got used to see on Google’s home page only search box and very rarely something below of it, especially not some text regarding privacy fine. Well, if you go now to www.google.fr you can see notice below their search box or you can see it in this picture. A French court refused Google’s last minute complaint made on Friday to suspend an order. Therefore, Google will have to post a notice on Google.fr home page for 48 hours that they were fined €150,000 which was the maximum amount court could impose for violating data collection laws.
Of course, it is not the money that matters for a company such is Google. No company wants to be told what to place on its home page. Especially if it could or would mean a negative PR for the company. Google filed a complaint to the Conseil d’Etat, France’s highest appeals court for administrative law stating that the fine was too severe and that it would create irrepairable damage to their reputation. As you can see on www.google.fr main page or in screen picture they needed to place notice on a central position below their search box using Arial font size 13.
If some of you are surprised for such order, it was not the first case like that. In the last year Apple was ordered to place a notice on its website that that Samsung didn’t violate design patent for its iPad.
You can read decision and press release by French court. (French content)