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1/21/2019
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Google Hit With $57 Million GDPR Fine in France

The fine represents the first major penalty for a US technology company under the new European regulations.

France's data privacy agency on Monday slapped a 50 million euro fine on Google for not fully disclosing how the company gathers and uses the personal information of its users.

The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique (CNI) said Google also did not secure the proper consent from users to provide them with personalized ads. The approximately $57 million penalty under Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was the first massive fine under the new privacy law on a US tech company.

Google said it's "studying the decision to determine our next steps," according to a report by The Washington Post. "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," Google said.

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UdyRegan
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UdyRegan,
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2/14/2019 | 8:39:11 PM
Taking privacy seriously
It's good to know that there are countries which are taking the seriousness of public information and its privacy seriously. Just because all of that data sitting in storage can be accessed, it means that the companies need to do better at protecting it when it's under their care!
StephenGiderson
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StephenGiderson,
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2/13/2019 | 11:37:00 PM
Hefty fine for a simple process
That is a hefty fine for a simple data extraction process which is not even that drastic in my opinion. Yes, users get annoyed when they are bombarded with ads but that is just how sites survive. Wouldn't you like it better if you get to view ads of your preferences instead of ads that have nothing to do with you? 
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