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Google Loses $56 Million Fight in French Test of EU Privacy Law

June 19, 2020, 2:33 PM

Alphabet Inc.’s Google lost its fight over a 50 million-euro ($56 million) privacy fine in France -- the biggest penalty levied so far under the European Union’s beefed-up data-protection rules.

France’s top administrative court ruled on Friday that Google didn’t deliver sufficiently clear and transparent information to Android users and didn’t give them a chance to deliberately consent to their private data being processed to personalize adverts.

The fine issued by France’s data authority CNIL in January 2019 was by far the biggest levied under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. The EU measures took effect...

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