Google Faces Scrutiny From French, Russian Regulators

By Benzinga
February 14, 2022 Updated: February 14, 2022

France’s watchdog CNIL alleged Alphabet Inc.’s Google Analytics of giving U.S. intelligence services access to French website users’ data.

The regulator alleged the U.S. tech giant lacking sufficient measures to guarantee data privacy rights under European Union regulation when transferring data between Europe and the United Stats.

The French website manager responsible for the non-compliance had one month to comply with EU regulation. CNIL had issued similar orders to other website operators.

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) slapped a penalty on Google for alleged breach of rules related to suspending and blocking accounts on its YouTube video service.

The watchdog would determine the fine during an administrative investigation, adding Google’s conduct had infringed users’ interests and restricted competition.

“[The FAS] found that the rules related to creating, suspending and blocking accounts and handling of user content on YouTube were non-transparent, biased and unpredictable,” the FAS said.

By Anusuya Lahiri

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