“On 21 January 2019, the CNIL’s restricted committee imposed a financial penalty of 50 Million euros against the company GOOGLE LLC, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), for lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the
The investigation conducted by the French watchdog was started with two complaints against Google by the non-profit organizations None Of Your Business (NOYB) and La Quadrature du Net (LQDN).
Both organizations filed a complaint against Facebook in May.
The CNIL condemned Google for the violation of transparency and consent rules under the EU GDPR,
The search engine giant made it difficult for its users to find and manage preferences on data processing purposes, data retention, in particular with regards to targeted advertising.
Anyway, the CNIL confirmed that that information is “not always clear nor comprehensive.”
“Moreover, the restricted committee observes that some information is not always clear nor comprehensive.” continues the press release.
“Users are not able to fully understand the extent of the processing operations carried out by Google,” the Commission says. “Similarly, the information communicated is not clear enough so that the user can understand that the legal basis of processing operations for the
Google was also condemned because it does not obtain its user’s explicit consent to process data for targeted advertising.
Are 50 euros
Google has contested the decision of the French watchdog, it said that it should not apply only to the global Google.com domain.
“People expect high standards of transparency and control from us. We’re deeply committed to meeting those expectations and the consent requirements of the GDPR. We’re studying the decision to determine our next steps.” reads a statement issued by the company.
(SecurityAffairs – French watchdog, Google)