Google fined 150 million euros by France

The world’s biggest internet search engine is facing growing regulatory scrutiny


Reuters December 20, 2019
A logo is pictured at Google's European Engineering Center in Zurich, Switzerland July 19, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS: Google, which is the world’s biggest internet search engine, has also faced growing regulatory scrutiny about the content it promotes in search results and ads.

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Isabelle de Silva, head of the French competition authority, told news conference that Google’s dominance in the online advertising business was “extraordinary”, with the US company having a market share of around 90% in that field.

Google said it would appeal the fine.

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In January, France’s data protection watchdog had fined Google 50 million euros for breaching European Union online privacy rules.

The French watchdog stated in that January ruling that Google lacked transparency and clarity in the way it informed users about its handling of personal data, and had failed to properly obtain their consent for personalised ads.

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