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French regulatory body fines Google €50 million for GDPR violations

Google faces a penalty of €50 million for lack of transparency. (Source: Smart Money Press)
Google faces a penalty of €50 million for lack of transparency. (Source: Smart Money Press)
The Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL) has imposed a fine of €50 million (~US$56.8 million) on Google for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The huge penalty has been justified by the regulatory body based on the severity of the violations, Google’s popularity with French users, and the fact that the infringements were ongoing.

A French regulator has announced that Google will be hit with a financial penalty of €50 million for issues in regard to the newly implemented GDPR. The regulation was brought into force on May 25, 2018 and CNIL (National Data Protection Commission) immediately received complaints in regard to Google’s services.

The statement issued by CNIL has focused on two specific violations: the obligation of transparency and information, and the obligation to have a legal basis for ads personalization processing. The report claims that Google provided unclear information about what would happen to a user’s data, and the committee also argued that the search engine giant had not obtained proper user consent to process data for ads personalization in a valid manner. For instance, an option box for choosing whether to display personalized ads was already pre-ticked, which takes the action away from the user.

Although Google’s European HQ is actually based in Ireland, it was left for France’s CNIL body to deal with the situation as it has the appropriate decision-making authority required for this case. It has been reported that Google is “studying the decision,” but the company has previously admitted it would comply with GDPR rules.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-01-21 (Update: 2019-01-21)