Google Fined £91 Million in France

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French data privacy CNIL has issued largest fine ever. Before it was Amazon that was fined 35M Euros for breaking the rules. CNIL informed that Google & Amazon’s French website didn’t ask for visitors consent before advertising cookies were saved on visitor’s computers.

In response Google & Amazon also failed to provide clear information on how the online trackers would be used and how visitors to the French websites could refuse the cookies, regulator informed.

Timelines have been shared with tech giants. They have been granted 3 months to change the information banners displayed on their websites. Failed to follow would mean 100,000 Euros per day fine.

In statement (as per Reuters) Google defended “We stand by our record of providing upfront information and clear controls, strong internal data governance, secure infrastructure and most importantly helpful products. “Today’s decision under French e-Privacy laws overlooks these efforts and doesn’t account for the fact that French rules and regulatory guidance are uncertain and constantly evolving.”

Amazon said it disagreed with the CNIL decision,

“We continuously update our privacy practices to ensure that we meet the evolving needs and expectations of customers and regulators and fully comply with all applicable laws in every country in which we operate,” it said in a statement.

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