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Google is Fined 57 Million Euros Under Data Law, news coming from New York Times.

After European policymakers adopted a sweeping data privacy law last year, the big question was how regulators would use their newfound authority against the most powerful technology companies.

In the first major example, the French data protection authority announced Monday that it had fined Google 50 million euros, or about $57 million, for not properly disclosing to users how data is collected across its services — including its search engine, Google Maps and YouTube — to present personalized advertisements.

A central element of Europe’s new regulations is that companies must clearly explain how data is collected and used. France’s data protection regulator, known as CNIL, said Google did not go far enough to get consent from users before processing data. Instead, it said, people are largely unaware of the data they are agreeing to share, or how Google plans to use the information.

Satariano, A. (2019). Google Is Fined $57 Million Under Europe’s Data Privacy Law. [online] New York Times. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/technology/google-europe-gdpr-fine.html [Accessed 25 Jan. 2019].

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