In a press release issued Thursday, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) said that following a year-long investigation, Google's data collection policies are in breach of French data protection and privacy laws.
Meanwhile, Italy's privacy watchdog asked Google for more information on how it treats user data, according to Reuters, shortly after the French watchdog's statement, sending a clear signal from two significant European economies.
The Italian authorities will evaluate a possible violation of data rules as it mulls over implementing similar financial sanctions.
Should the search giant fail to comply after the imposed three-month deadline, Google will face a fine of up to €150,000 ($198,000) and a second fine of up to €300,000 ($397,000) if the company fails to act.
But other data protection regulators around Europe, including the U.K. (which can serve a maximum £500,000 ($758,000) fine against a company), the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Spain are mulling over similar actions, the CNIL said.
Financial reprimands may not be enough for Google to change its mind. The two fines combined remains small change to Google. France's two fines alone would take the company less than 15 minutes to regenerate in revenue.