Dutch News reports that the national privacy watchdog CBP is threatening Google with a fine of up to €15m for contravening Dutch privacy legislation. Since 2012, Google has been combining information about users from Gmail, Google maps, YouTube and search results into a single profile. However, the CBP says Google is not informing users properly about its actions or asking them permission. This, the CBP says, contravenes Dutch law. Privacy regulators in Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy are also taking action, the CBP says.
The French Data Protection Authority fined Optical Center EUR 50 000 for not ensuring sufficient security and confidentiality of its clients’ data. In December 2014, following an individual complaint, the company was asked to redress its data processing practices and ensure compliance with the law on Information and Data Protection.
The Spanish DPA (AEPD) issued a fine for using cookies without the informed consent of the users. The AEPD considers that Lolabits.es used data recovery storage devices (DARDs) or cookies illegally and has therefore decided to issue a fine of 5,000 euros. The complaint against the web was filed in February 2016 by Agedi, AIE, Cedro, Egeda, Fedicine and SGAE for violation of the Data Protection Act (LOPD).
European Union antitrust regulators fined Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) on Thursday for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.
Calling it a "proportionate and deterrent fine", the European Commission, which acts as the EU's competition watchdog, said Facebook had said it could not automatically match user accounts on its namesake platform and WhatsApp but two years later launched a service that did exactly that.
The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.
EU officials are expected to announce in the coming weeks that Google has been guilty of manipulating its search engine results to favour its new Google Shopping service and will be facing a record-breaking fine from Brussels of more than €1bn (£875m).