France Fines Google 57 Million Euros For GDPR Violations

France Fines Google 57 Million Euros For GDPR Violations 1200 800 HR-ON

The French Data Protection Commission (Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, CNIL) has issued Google with a 50 million euro fine for breaching the European Personal Data Protection Regulations, GDPR.

The fine arose after complaints from the group ‘None of your business’ (NOYB) and ‘La quadrature du net’ – the latter backed by 10,000 Frenchmen. The groups filed the complaint against Google for not having consent to use personal data from users, particularly in connection to targeted ads.

The complainants were registered on 25th and 28th of May, at the same time as the new GDPR rules coming into force. The fine has been issued based on two breaches of GDPR. Firstly, for the lack of transparency and information for users, and secondly, for the lack of access for users to see how Google used their data in connection with advertising.

In addition, CNIL decided that Google does not have the legal basis to make targeted, user-based advertising, which is a cornerstone of Google’s entire business foundation.

According to CNIL, the big fine and the publication of it are both justified by the severity of the violations in relation to three of the basic principles of GDPR: transparency, information and consent. CNIL also emphasises that there are ongoing, extensive violations and not individual incidents.

Google has since responded to the 50 million euro fine by challenging the penalty. The grounds for this is that the process is “as transparent and straightforward as possible.”

Only time will tell how Google, and inevitably other big players, will respond to allegations of data breaches and who will win out in the end.

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