French datA protectiat regular CNIL imposed A record-setting 50 milliat euro fine at US-based web giant Google(NASDAQ:GOOG) this week.DR #Data_ProtectionApril 20, 2019
After France imposed a record-setting fine on Google on Monday, data protection authorities around the European Union look set to hold other tech giants more accountable for the way they treat personal information of users.
Ioannis Kouvakas, data protection lawyer with None Of Your Business (Noyb) 23/01/2019
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French regulators handed a record fine of 50 million euros to web giant Google on Monday, arguing the company does not do enough to inform users what it does with the personal information they provide to the company’s services.
“People expect high standards of transparency and control from us,” Google said in a statement.
“We’re deeply committed to meeting those expectations and the consent requirements of the GDPR.
The fine came after two data protection groups, La Quadrature du Net in France and None Of Your Business (Noyb) in Austria, filed complaints aiming at some of the largest and most recognisable names of the web the day the GDPR came into effect.
“They are being decided or are under investigation before different supervisory authorities across the EU, and we are expecting a similar strict approach by the rest of the data protection authorities towards upholding users’ rights.”
The 50 million euro fine for violations to data protection rules is the largest ever imposed on any of the GAFA – web giants Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon – over data.
But one of the most significant aspects of the GDPR is that its rules apply in all EU member states, meaning the fines could begin snowballing if regulators in different countries take similar actions.
Noyb said the CNIL decision fine also sets the tone for other web giants active in Europe.