0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Google penalised €50m for GDPR breach

24 January 2019

Google’s €50m penalty

The first major financial penalty of €50m (£44m) has been imposed on Google LLC (EU HQ in Ireland) by CNIL, the French data regulator.

CNIL found that Google failed to provide users with adequate transparency information and secure valid user consent. Users could not easily access information about Google’s processing activities and detail regarding retention periods was lacking. It followed that the ‘consent’ relied upon was not informed.

Google informed users that their data was processed for ad personalisation, but this information did not encompass the plurality of websites, systems and apps involved in the processing (Google search, You Tube, Google Home, Google Maps, Playstore, Google Pictures). CNIL confirmed that Google’s description was too generic and vague in manner; a ‘one size all’ approach is not suitable for multiple uses.

What does this mean for you?

You must be transparent about how personal data is used. If you use cookies to track customers on your website or social media site, ensure you have specific and informed consent. Be clear about all your processing activities in one location - your accessible, up-to-date privacy notice. Review your policies regularly and update as necessary.

If you need help to ensure you are GDPR compliant, please do get in touch.

related opinions

Does a breach of an obligation in an agreement for lease allow the tenant to refuse to complete the lease?

A tenant who does not want to be forced to complete a lease if an obligation in the agreement for lease is breached must provide expressly for this in the agreement.

View blog

Brexit: Accounts and financial reporting – have you assessed the possible impact on your business?

Despite all of the media attention around Brexit, very little is being said about the effect of Brexit on the accounting and financial reporting requirements for businesses operating cross-border.

View blog

Could suspension of an employee pending an investigation amount to a breach of their employment contract?

The Court of Appeal recently provided authoritative guidance on disciplinary suspensions including on whether the suspension of an employee facing serious allegations, pending an investigation, could amount to a repudiation of their employment contract.

View blog

Landlord and tenant inspections - getting the evidence right

In Rogerson v Bolsover District Council (2019) the Court of Appeal found against a local authority landlord pursuant to the Defective Premises Act 1972 following a finding of an inadequate inspection regime.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up