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Google fined 50 million Euros in France over GDPR failures

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Google fined 50 million Euros in France over GDPR failures

 

Google has been given a 50 million Euro fine in France over data protection failures, particularly focusing on how it processed personal data for advertising services.

CNIL, the French commission for monitoring abuses of data privacy laws claims that Google has not obtained valid authorization to use peoples data. It claims that the information people need to make informed choices is hidden in complex agreements and that is diluted in several documents and does not enable the user to be aware of their extent.

The commission also says that Googles information on advert personalization doesnt offer clarity over how and where there data is used on its services. Those might include YouTube, Google Search, Maps, Google Play and other services.

CNIL accepts that users can modify options and configure the display of adverts. However, it also said that doesnt mean that GDPR is respected.

Crucially, the options to change ad personalization are hidden and ticked by default – which goes against the GDPR requirement that consent is given in a clear, simple way.

For example, under GDPR users must tick a box that enrolls them in an email newsletter, rather than untick a box.

 

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