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France Upholds Google Data Protection Fine

 |  June 22, 2020

French court upholds earlier €50 million (US$56.3 million) penalty on Google for failing to obtain Android users’ consent to use their personal data for personalised ads

France’s top administrative court has confirmed a record €50 million (£45m) fine against Google for data protection violations.

While the fine represents a tiny fraction of Google’s annual revenues, it has a symbolic value as the largest such penalty to date. GDPR data protection rules introduced that took effect in 2018 allow regulators to fine companies up to 4% of their global annual turnover in serious cases.

The decision by the State Council administrative court, announced on Friday, June 19, upholds a 2019 decision by France’s CNIL data protection agency.

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