Due to violations of data privacy protection regulations by the US Company Google, France has imposed a fine of 50 million Euros. This is the first ticket based on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (Gdpr), which came into force last year.
The reason to impose fine is, the French regulator’s National Information and Freedom Commission (CNIL) said that because Google failed to provide users with sufficient information about the data consent policy.
It also did not give users with control over their information; these problems were not made right by Google over time, so the company was punished.
According to the GDPR clause, companies need to get “real consent” from users before collecting user data, so that users can clearly understand the intention of the company to collect user information.
GDRP is a private privacy protection regulation publicized by the European Union last May. It aims to protect the privacy data of European companies and residents and prevent Internet companies from collecting user information data.
On the first day of the GDRP regulations last year, Google and Facebook were sued for 3.9 billion Euros and 3.7 billion Euros for the similar issues. In May 2018, two European organizations complained to the French National Information and Freedom Commission that Google adopted a “compulsory consent” policy for handling personal user data, which included a large number of users.
The Information was used for commercial purposes without the user’s knowledge. The committee immediately set up a special team to investigate this.
Regardless of the huge amount of 50 million euros, this is not the highest amount the France has imposed on Google. According to the GDRP regulations, companies that breach regulations can be charged up to 4% of annual revenue.
Google’s revenue in the first half of last year has reached $33.74 billion. If it is fined according to the 4% rule, Google will face a fine of hundreds of millions of dollars.