By Mathieu Rosemain
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s top administrative court upheld a 50 million-euro fine ($56 million) imposed last year on Alphabet’s Google for breaching European Union online privacy rules, it said on Friday.
Although representing a tiny fraction of Google’s financial resources, the penalty sent ripples through Silicon Valley and is still the biggest fine imposed for such a breach.
A spokeswoman for Google said in a written statement on Friday Google would review possible changes.
“People expect to understand and control how their data is used, and we’ve invested in industry-leading tools that help them do both,” the statement said.
“This case was not about whether consent is needed for personalised advertising, but about how exactly it should be obtained. In light of this decision, we will now review what changes we need to make.”
The French regulator CNIL in January last year found the world’s biggest search