French Privacy Agency Moves to Sanction Google

France’s data-protection agency slapped Google Inc. on Friday with a formal sanctions proceeding that could lead to fines, the most aggressive step yet by a European regulator from a number that allege the Web giant has been violating European privacy law.

France’s privacy watchdog, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes, said on its website that Google hadn’t implemented a three-month-old order to change its treatment of French users’ data by a deadline Friday. In response, the agency said it was beginning the formal procedure for imposing sanctions.

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