On January 21, 2019, France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) announced that Google is being fined a total of €50 million for failing to comply with certain rules set in place by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that officially went into effect in May 2018.
As for why the fine was issued, CNIL says that Google doesn't make it clear enough in regards to what data it collects from users and fails to give people enough control over how their data is used by Google.
Google has since responded to the fine, saying that the company is "deeply committed to meet "the high standards of transparency and control."
This is officially the largest GDPR fine to be issued against a company, and not only that, Google is the first big tech brand to be hit with one.
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