From ArsTechnica:


Uber has been hit with a €800,000 fine (~$900,000) for running an illegal transport service and breaking privacy laws in France, the New York Times reports.

The penalty was dished out to the ride-sharing app by a French court on Thursday. Additionally, Uber’s EMEA director Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and Thibaud Simphal—the company’s boss in France—were slapped with fines of €30,000 (~$34,000) and €20,000 (~$22,500) respectively. The two men were taken into custody by French authorities a year ago.

Half of those sanctions—and the €964,000 (€800,000 plus court fees, for a total over $1 million) that Uber must pay—are “suspended sentences,” meaning they need only pay 50 percent of the fines providing there are no further breaches of the law.

“The acts committed constituted violations, repeated over time, of laws related to two major and distinct areas of social life: the laws organising the public transport of people, and those protecting personal data,” said judge Cécile Louis-Loyant according to a Dow Jones newswire account.

The company suspended its UberPop operations in July 2015 after a new taxi law, widely seen as targeting the ride-sharing app, came into force in 2014. The so-called Thevenoud law requires cars to return to base between rides, and it…

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