French Privacy Agency DDoS's Itself In Ordering Google To Link To It From Google France Home Page

from the what-you-get-when-you're-technologically-clueless dept

Last month, Google got hit with a €150,000 fine for its new privacy policy, which French regulators claimed violated the law. Google has been disputing this and has appealed, but as part of the ruling by the French National commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL), Google was ordered to post a statement to the home page of about the fine, along with a link back to CNIL's website which had the full ruling. Google had asked to suspend the order to post the message until after the appeals process was complete, but that was denied. In response, Google posted the message, and promptly caused CNIL's website to go offline, as apparently the technologically clueless folks over there never realized that having a link from Google's home page in that country might lead to a bit of extra traffic.

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