Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The French agency for data protection, Google Inc., fines 50 million euros ($ 57 million) for violating European privacy rules on the Internet, the largest such sanction ever made by a technology giant.
According to Sky News, the National Committee for Information and Freedoms said the world's largest search engine has no transparency and clarity about how its users communicate personal data and do not receive appropriate approvals for posting ads based on personal interests.
The General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union entered into force in May last year, the biggest amendment to privacy laws in more than 20 years.
The regulation allows users to better control their personal data and gives regulators the power to collect up to 4% of global revenue for violations.
"The amount and the promotion of the fine is justified by the gravity of the violations relating to the basic principles of the General Data Protection Regulation: transparency, reporting and approval," the National Committee for Information and Freedoms said in a statement.
"Consumers expect high standards of transparency and control on our part," said a Google statement.
"We are very committed to meeting these expectations and the requirements for the approval of the General Data Protection Rules."
The decision of the National Committee on Information and Freedoms follows complaints from two non-governmental organizations that said they had handled complaints after having received a permit of 10,000 people so far.
The French National Committee for Information and Freedoms is known for its rigorous interpretation of confidentiality rules and support for a more aggressive approach to US Internet companies.
His standard punishment for Google may have consequences in the Silicon Valley, and companies can insist on a drastic change in terms of service.