France fines Google $57 million for privacy rules violation

Google with the subtitle in French 'Google Assistant in different formats'
Google with the subtitle in French 'Google Assistant in different formats'. Photo: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images

A data-privacy agency for France said Google was in violation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and will be fined nearly $57 million, the Washington Post reports.

Details: The agency said Google failed to fully disclose to users how their data is collected and what happens to it. In addition, the agency said Google made it too difficult for users to understand and manage preferences on how their personal information is used, especially in regards to personalized ads. Both are in violation of GDPR.

Report: FTC discussing record-breaking fine for Facebook over privacy issues

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U.S. regulators at the Federal Trade Commission have met to discuss punishing Facebook over its privacy practices with a record-breaking fine that could exceed $22.5 million, the Washington Post’s Tony Room and Elizabeth Dwoskin report.

Why it matters: This would be the first major punishment against Facebook in the U.S. since its Cambridge Analytica scandal, Axios' David McCabe notes. It indicates the investigation, which began last year, has reached a later stage where the agency’s principals are considering possible actions. The devil will be in the details, which the Post says aren’t final yet.

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