French watchdog fines Microsoft €60 million over cookies
French data protection authority CNIL has penalized Microsoft €60 million ($64 million) for forcing advertising cookies on customers.
Microsoft received the largest fine imposed by the CNIL this year because it failed to provide users of its Bing search engine with a sufficient way to decline ... Read more
Italian court rejects Google’s €10 million appeal, accepts Apple’s one
The appeals refer to two €10 million fines imposed by the Italian antitrust authority in 2021.
Last week, an Italian administrative court rejected an appeal by Google against a fine from Italy's antitrust authority, according to Reuters. The same court did, however, accept an appeal filed by A... Read more
Google faces €25.4 billion in damages to court claims over ad practices
Alphabet subsidiary Google faces damages of up to €25.4 billion across two court claims filed on behalf of publishers in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Following concerns from publishers, antitrust regulators have recently scrutinized Google's ad tech. Last year, the French competitio... Read more
Facebook slapped with $18.6 million fine for 2018 breaches of the GDPR in the EU
The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has fined Facebook's parent company, Meta, €17 million ($18.6 million) for a series of past data breaches.
The security flaws in question, which appear to have impacted up to 30 million Facebook users, trace back many years and were reported to the Ir... Read more
Google lost its antitrust appeal at Europe’s second-highest court
Alphabet's Google suffered a loss in Europe's second-highest court when it challenged an EU antitrust ruling with a 2.42-billion euro fine. The ruling is a major win for Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition chief.
Vestager sanctioned the search giant in 2017 for favouring its own price-compari... Read more
WhatsApp fined a record 225 million euros over 2018 privacy issue
Facebook's WhatsApp was fined a record $266 million by the Irish data protection regulator on Thursday after pressure from the EU privacy watchdog to raise the penalty for the company's breaches.
WhatsApp said the fine was too high and that it would appeal. The Irish fine is significantly less t... Read more
France wants EU member states to have more power to punish Big Tech
France is pushing to expand regulations that will grant European Union member states, the capabilities to punish big tech companies for breaking the law. The changes proposed by France, concern the Digital Services Act, a set of proposed laws that are designed to curb anticompetitive behavior by th... Read more
EU and Big Tech companies push back February 1 hearing by two months
In the process of putting some reins on the power wielded by US Big Tech companies, EU lawmakers have told Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Alphabet that they are willing to push the proposed February 1 hearing to two months later.
The European Parliament invited the CEOs of the four biggest tech co... Read more
GDPR fines increased by 40% last year, but they will get bigger
Despite a slow start for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) two and a half years ago, the fines are starting to grow as the laws begin to gather serious momentum. There are larger fines on the way for non-compliance, according to historical data.
In a new report relea... Read more
UK and Italy account for 59% of GDPR fines collected in 2020
The data in the GDPR Fines 2020 Report, shows that 171 million euros in GDPR fines were collected in European countries in 2020. The fines were issued between January 1st, 2020, and January 1st, 2021.
According to the report by Findbold, Italy accounts for the highest fines with 58.16 million eu... Read more