France’s data protection agency, Google Inc., was fined 50 million euros ($ 57 million) for violating the EU’s privacy rules on the Internet, the biggest ever sanctioned by a US technology giant.
The National Committee for Information and Freedoms reported that
“The biggest Search Engine in the world lacked transparency and clarity in the way users communicated their personal data and did not receive appropriate approvals to publish ads according to personal interests.”
The European Union’s General Data Protection Directive entered into force on January 1.
Last May, in the most significant amendment to privacy laws in more than 20 years. The regulation allows users to control their personal data better and gives regulators the power to charge up to 4 percent of global revenue for infractions.
“The size and promotion of the fine are justified by the severity of 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.
Google has also been fined in the past over such issues, but now this is the record fine of 50 million euros on Google for lacking in Transparency of the data of the users.