Other Internet Giants in the Crosshairs After Google Falls Foul of New EU Privacy Rules

CNS News | 1/22/2019 | Staff
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Paris (CNSNews.com) – With Google having received the biggest fine yet under new European Union data protection regulations, similar privacy complaints are pending against other Internet giants, including Facebook, YouTube and Apple.

Austria-based non-profit None Of Your Business (NOYB) and Paris-based Internet rights group La Quadrature du Net (LQDN) were among those to have lodged a complaint against Google last May, after the E.U. adopted the new privacy rules.

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The two organizations have other complaints in the works – NOYB against Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram, and LQDN against Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft.

The action against Google came from the Paris-based National Data Protection Commission (CNIL), which said the Mountain View, Calif. company was breaking the regulations by failing to get users’ consent for data processing and personalized ads on Google Search, Google Maps and its YouTube platform. CNIL said Google was also not explaining its data collection policies adequately.

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NOYB data protection lawyer Ioannis Kouvakas told CNSNews.com the organization welcomed the “CNIL decision to uphold users' rights and to impose harsh fines to a company that did not wish to comply with the strict GDPR requirements on consent.”

He added that it was the first decision to come after NOYB filed four complaints last spring, the others against Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram services.

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“The decision made by the CNIL highlights the crucial need for transparency in the processing of personal data by companies, especially when the latter have a dominant position in the tech-market,” Kouvakas said.

LQDN said in response to the decision that as CNIL considers its other complaints it should look to...
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