Google gets GDPR slapping
France has fined Google a stiff €50m for European Union online privacy rule breaches of GDPR regulations. Gallic regulator CNIL said the search engine lacked transparency in informing users about personal data handling while also failing to obtain proper consent for personalised advertising.
“The amount decided, and the publicity of the fine, are justified by the severity of the infringements observed regarding the essential principles of the GDPR – transparency, information and consent,” said CNIL.
Google responded by saying that users expect high standards of transparency and control and that it was “deeply committed to meeting those expectations and the consent requirements of the GDPR.”
Lawyers believe the sanction could force Google to modify its search services.