The French regulator condemns Google Analytics
The French privacy officer told Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, that an anonymous website cannot use Google Analytics because it transfers personal information to the United States in violation of the law on the confidentiality of the European Union, the agency announcement Thursday (February 10).
The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), an independent regulator that enforces data privacy laws, said the decision stemmed from complaints filed by the European Center for Digital Rights (NOYB), an organization Vienna-based nonprofit founded to initiate legal cases in support of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ePrivacy measure.
NOYB has filed 101 complaints in the 27 EU member states and the other three states of the European Economic Area regarding the alleged transfer of personal data to the United States via Google Analytics. The website(s) have not been named.
“The CNIL considers these transfers to be illegal and orders a French site manager to comply with the GDPR and, if necessary, to stop using this service under current conditions,” the agency said in a statement.
This is just the latest controversy for the tech giant. Last month, the District of Columbia filed combination alleging that Big Tech recorded customer locations after users attempted to disable the company’s tracking on their web browsers and smartphones.
Read more: Google faces lawsuit over alleged misleading location tracking
the complaintfiled in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia alleges that Google’s location tracking system is designed to prevent users from opting out, and that Google misled users about how privacy settings could protect their data in apps and on the device. level on Android.
Additionally, the 43-page lawsuit argues that Google relies on a deceptive dark pattern design to force users to make choices that are against their own interests.
Similar lawsuits are pending in state courts in Indiana, Texas and Washington, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.
Google disputed the claims.