TASS: Antitrust regulator repeatedly fines Google for inappropriate advertising

TASS: Antitrust regulator repeatedly fines Google for inappropriate advertising. “Moscow Office of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (OFAS) has fined Google LLC 200,000 rubles ($2,730) over inappropriate advertising, the regulator said in a statement on its website. The company has already paid the previous fines to the tune of 800,000 rubles ($10.921) for this year, the FAS noted.”

BBC: WhatsApp issued second-largest GDPR fine of €225m

BBC: WhatsApp issued second-largest GDPR fine of €225m. “WhatsApp has been fined €225m (£193m) by Ireland’s data watchdog for breaching privacy regulations. It is the largest fine ever from the Irish Data Protection Commission, and the second-highest under EU GDPR rules. Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has its EU headquarters is in Ireland, and the Irish regulator is the lead authority for the tech giant in Europe.” €225m is about $266.5 million USD.

WEAR: Ask for COVID vaccine proof, face a $5,000 fine in Florida

WEAR: Ask for COVID vaccine proof, face a $5,000 fine in Florida. “Florida will start issuing $5,000 fines to businesses, schools and government agencies that require people to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill earlier this year that banned vaccine passports. The fines will start Sept. 16 if people are asked to show proof of a vaccine.”

Meduza: Moscow court fines Google for refusing to localize Russian users’ data

Meduza: Moscow court fines Google for refusing to localize Russian users’ data. “A Russian justice of the peace has fined Google LLC three million rubles ($40,950) for refusing to localize Russian users’ data on the territory of the Russian Federation. The magistrate court department No. 422 of Moscow’s Tagansky District Court handed down the fine to the tech giant on Thursday, July 29.”

ESPN: NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for any violation of COVID-19 protocol

ESPN: NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for any violation of COVID-19 protocol. “Unvaccinated NFL players will be subjected to a fine of $14,650 every time they violate COVID-19 procedures. A spotlight was put on the punishment after a report that Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians would fine a player ‘$14,000 on the spot every time he isn’t wearing a mask or is breaking a protocol.’”

CNBC: Google agrees to change global advertising practices as France imposes unprecedented $268 million fine

CNBC: Google agrees to change global advertising practices as France imposes unprecedented $268 million fine. “France’s competition watchdog fined Google 220 million euros ($268 million) on Monday for abusing its market power in the online advertising industry. The French Competition Authority said Google had unfairly sent business to its own services and discriminated against the competition. Google has agreed to pay the fine and end some of its self-preferencing practices, the watchdog said.” Some?

Washington City Paper: The Unusual Case of the Five Cookies and $1,000 Fine at Dirty Goose

Washington City Paper: The Unusual Case of the Five Cookies and $1,000 Fine at Dirty Goose. “Dirty Goose had five cookies on its menu last week, but the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration investigator who visited the establishment didn’t have a sweet tooth. Following a Nov. 27 inspection, ABRA fined the gay bar on U Street NW $1,000 for violating one of the city’s most peculiar policies. Businesses holding alcohol licenses must ‘offer a food menu at all times containing at least three prepared food items’ in order to seat customers during the phased reopening process in D.C.”