Google hit with €50m fine by CNIL for data privacy breach

The Irish Times reports:

Google has been fined €50 million for breaking EU privacy laws in the first case of a US tech giant being caught under Europe’s tough new data protection rules.

France’s data protection office (CNIL) found the US search engine guilty of breaking EU privacy laws by failing to obtain adequate consent from users when processing their data for the purpose of personalised advertising. The regulator also found Google did not provide clear and easily accessible information to consumers about how their information is collected and held.

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