Google Slapped with $57 Million Fine in Landmark GDPR Case

France fines Google nearly $57 million for first major violation of new European privacy regime

French data privacy watchdog CNIL has fined Google €50 million (AU$79 million), making it the first penalty to face a tech giant under new GDPR laws introduced past year.

According to CNIL, Google was fined for lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the ads personalization.

The commission said users were "not sufficiently informed" about what they were agreeing to.

This is the biggest fine that has been imposed on a tech company after GDPR rules come into effect from May previous year.

U.S. consumer advocates on Monday strongly encouraged Washington to follow Europe's lead.

The ruling brings with it a financial blow to the company, in the form of a €50 million fine - the first such fine levied by a French authority under the GDPR's expanded sanction limits. "We're deeply committed to meeting those expectations and the consent requirements" of the new regulations.

"The amount decided and the publicity of the fine are justified by the severity of the infringements observed regarding the essential principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): transparency, information and consent", the regulatory organisation said.

The CNIL decision follows complaints by two non-governmental organizations, None Of Your Business (noyb) and La Quadrature du Net (LQDN), which the regulator said had been mandated by 10,000 people to present the case.

CNIL also calls out Google's sign-up process, which sees the firm pushing users to sign up for a Google account when setting up a device - a move that's illegal under the GDPR's content bundling rules. "It is important that the authorities make it clear that simply claiming to be compliant is not enough", said Max Schrems, Chairman of watchdog noyb.

Second, Google did not have a legal basis to process data for ad personalization because user consent was not validly obtained.

Even though many tech multinationals like Google are headquartered in the USA, they still have to comply with the new rules because they have millions of users in Europe. They said they hoped that the enforcement agency would respond soon to the rest of their complaint, and they noted that the maximum possible fine is more than $4.7 billion (roughly Rs. 33,500 crores). It has been reported that Google is "studying the decision", but the company has previously admitted it would comply with GDPR rules.

In addition, the CNIL said users "are not fully able to understand" the extent of Google's data processing, which is described as "massive and intrusive" given the number of services - 20 - offered and the sheer volume of data involved.

"Google is not the only one doing this", Massé said.

Related News:

Most liked

Zimbabwe's crackdown on protest will only get worse, vows Mnangagwa
He is in Kazakhstan, after visiting Russian Federation last week, where he met with President Vladimir Putin to ask for a loan. Most shops and businesses reopened, although many people are stocking up on food items in case of further unrest.

Prince Philip Uninjured In Car Accident That Overturned His Range Rover
News media on the road side near to the Sandringham Estate , England, where Prince Philip was involved in a road accident. But it is believed that her chauffeur avoided using the junction at Babingley where the accident happened.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane voted 2018 England player of the year
I think it was a good match, second half we controlled the match very well in a defensive way. "We lack experience. We will still go with the intention of winning".

Kelly Parts Ways With His Record Label
Kelly docu-series, official investigations have been reportedly launched into the disgraced R&B singer and his closest allies. Sources tell Billboard that Sony and their subsidiary RCA Records are no longer working with R.

Pittsburgh Weather: Wind Chill Advisory Issued As Temperatures Continue To Fall
Environment Canada issues an extreme cold warning for Greater Sudbury and the vicinity due to -40 C to -45 C wind chills (File). Temperatures are forecasted to rebound beginning Monday, with a high of -9 C along with possible periods of snow.

Trump offers protection for immigrants in U.S. in exchange for wall funds
The Trump administration said in September 2017 it would rescind DACA, but it remains in effect under court order. The New York Democrat said Trump's plan offers "one-sided and ineffective remedies".

At least 20 killed in pipeline explosion in central Mexico
Local medical facilities struggled to cope with the flood of arriving victims, said AFP correspondents at the scene. It's now reported that at least 66 people are dead and as many as 100 or more suffering from serious burns.

Dutchess County woman killed in Syria attack
In a somber moment, the president walked on board a C-17 aircraft that held the transfer case, draped in an American flag. The attack came less than a month after President Donald Trump announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Syria.

200 demonstrators gather for Young Women’s March Rally in Chicago
This year's Women's March has been hurt by accusations of anti-Semitism that have trailed the group's organizers. Laura Loomer interrupted a speaker during the Women's March in Washington D.C. on Saturday.

Kirsten Gillibrand takes major step toward White House run
Jess Fassler, Gillibrand's chief of staff, will work as the senator's campaign manager. "Rhymes with 'duck, '" Gillibrand joked. Gillibrand told the rapt audience that her campaign would challenge systemic social problems that plague American society.

Anas' partner Ahmed Hussein-Suale shot dead
Anas, who often appears with a beaded mask to disguise his face, said it was "sad news", in a video posted on his Twitter feed . Fourteen officials were exonerated.

Netflix reveals its viewing figures for the first time
The US-based company claims free cash flow this year will be similar to 2018 but expects to see improvement each year thereafter. Bank of America's Nat Schindler maintains a Buy rating on Netflix with a price target lifted from $440 to $450.

Ariana Grande releases new song and music video
The " 7 Rings " in the title refer to how Grande bought matching diamond rings for her and six of her best friends. She spins Julie Andrews' original ode to appreciating the little things into a big-spending-as-therapy bop .

Rafael Nadal impresses with 2nd round win at the Australian Open
Nadal is playing at his first tournament since retiring against Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open semi-finals in September 2018.

Michael Owen states his prediction for Man United v Brighton
Open-minded about his next destination, he is enjoying the moment with United and knows where he wants to be a year from now. Molde, Cardiff , I love working with people, trying to improve people and here you want to go to bed at night.