France fine Google maximum penalty over 3 month data battle
Following a 3 month deadline in which Google failed to bring its practises in line with EU law, France has fined Google €150,000; the government’s highest authorised fine. French watchdog, CNIL, said “The company does not sufficiently inform its users of the conditions in which their personal data are processed, nor of the purposes of this processing” due to its procedures in tracking and storing cookies and giving customers no way to opt out. In March 2012, Google consolidated 60 privacy policies together to enable it to collect customer data from all Google services such as YouTube and Google mail. The changes make it easier for the collection and process of data that can be sold to advertisers; thus increasing Google’s revenue potential. This has sparked controversy across Europe and Google is now facing fines from Britain, Spain, Germany and The Netherlands for non-conformance to EU law.
Currently, caps remain on potential fines for many European countries, which barely indent on Google’s billion dollar turnover. Nevertheless these fines are indicative of the mounting pressure facing US internet giants on how they use and process European data. At present, The European Commission is reforming European Data law to introduce more severe penalties for companies who fail to adhere. As of yet a decision on how exactly the law should be reformed has not been reached but ideas such as ‘Right to be Forgotten’ and imposing penalties up to 2% of global turnover are being discussed.
The issue of data protection worldwide is a contentious one. Amongst the Snowden revelations and news of data breaches almost daily, it will be interesting to see the finalised EU Data Protection reform and how they plan to protect European data.
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