France fines Google $57 million over data transparency2019-01-21 16:30 by Daniela
The French data protection watchdog CNIL has fined Google a record €50m ($56.8 million USD) for failing to provide users with transparent and understandable information on its data use policies.
The penalty is the biggest yet imposed under a new European privacy law that went into effect in 2018. The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives Europeans more control over their information and how companies use it.
CNIL explained that Google had violated two provisions of the law: first by not making its data-collection policies easily accessible enough and second by not obtaining sufficient and specific user consent for ad personalization across each of Google's numerous services, including YouTube, Google Maps, and more.
CNIL took the lead on the investigation because, while Google's EU headquarters are in Ireland, it has no decision-making power when it comes to how Google treats people's data. For that reason, the fine actually targeted Google LLC, in the US.
Google said in a statement it's "deeply committed" to transparency and user control as well GDPR consent requirements and is deciding "our next steps."
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