Google Slapped with a Whopping fine from France bringing unwanted woe to the Tech Giant

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On Monday, France’s data handler issued a penalty of 50 million Euros (USD 57 million) for US search giant Google. It fined Google under the EU’s strict General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and it happened for the first time.  The news came up that Google was not efficient in providing glassy and easily accessible information on its data consent policies. Hence, it got a recorded fine from CNIL.

According to CNIL, Google users had some problems with understanding as well as managing preferences. They faced issues handling their personal information and the way this information came into use.

A spokesperson from Google stated that the people were seen anticipating high standards of transparency and control from us. He further added that they give firm commitments so that they could meet the expectations and requirements of the GDPR. Google currently is examining to come up with its new move. Sources revealed that the complaints came from two advocacy groups in May 2018.

Google Slapped with a Whopping fine from France bringing unwanted woe to the Tech Giant
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Among the two charges, one was filed by France’s Quadrature du Net group consisting of 10,000 signatories. The other lodged complaint was by None Of Your Business, owned by Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist. Shortly, after this complaint lodging, GDPR came into effect.

Google was held responsible for securing “forced consent” through its Android mobile operating software. According to Schrems, Google used pop-up boxes online. It indicated that its services cannot be rendered unless the users accept the provided conditions. According to CNIL too, the information provided by Google was not sufficiently transparent for the users to understand. the legal basis for targeted advertising is consent, and not Google’s legitimate business interests,”

It is not the first time that Google has been asked to work over its policies.  In 2014, Google was fined 150,000 Euros for failing to comply with its privacy guidelines for personal data.

Source – IndiaTimes

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