Security Expert On Amazon And Google Fined For Breaching France’s Data Privacy Regulations

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Dec 11, 2020 05:45 am PST

France’s data privacy watchdog has handed out its biggest ever fine of 100 million euros ($121 million) to Alphabet’s Google for breaching the country’s rules on online cookies. Additionally, Amazon was fined 35 million euros for breaching the country’s rules on advertising trackers.

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Michael Barragry
Michael Barragry , Operations Lead and Security Consultant
December 11, 2020 1:50 pm

Although these fines don’t even amount to pocket change for these corporations, it’s important nonetheless to try and steer big tech towards being more protective of user data. Since a lot of their revenue originates from advertisers, they are always going to be incentivised to favour their clients and offer them detailed user data wherever possible – but regulators need to maintain a balance here and prioritise user privacy.

It would be good to see more proactive steps being taken, rather than retrospective fines.

Users need to be proactive as well – instead of mindlessly clicking through cookie warnings, there is often value in taking some extra time to select the minimum required cookies for a functional experience.

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