French agency gives Americans a human rights lesson. But maybe not the one it intended

A French court has upheld a government agency’s order requiring that Google post a notice on its famously clean home page.  The notice draws attention to the agency’s ruling that Google violated French privacy law when it collected personal information under a consolidated privacy statement rather than using several different statements for its different business lines.

Translated loosely from the French, then, the ruling is:

“You have learned facts that the government did not want you to learn without first saying words that the government wanted you to say. To make sure you never do that again, the government will now require you to say other words that the government has written for you.”

And all in the name of human rights.

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Eugene Volokh · February 8, 2014