In France, Google's normally almost text-free homepage now bears a block of text telling visitors that it's been fined for violating national privacy laws. Google's 2012 privacy policy change led to harsh criticism by several European privacy watchdogs, and France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) determined last year that the company had failed to address privacy and data protection questions. In January, it levied a €150,000 (around $204,000) fine — the maximum allowed by law — and ordered Google to post a notice of the decision for 48 hours. The notification gives the amount and reason for the fine and a link to CNIL's decision, which Google is currently in the process of appealing.{br}{br}View the Entire Article{br}