Japan Times: French court cancels fine on Google over right to be forgotten. “Google won a battle over the right to be forgotten after France’s top administrative court canceled a fine of €100,000 ($111,000) for failing to remove contentious search results globally.”
Mashable: France hits Apple with a $1.23 billion anti-competitive fine. “The French Competition Authority has ordered Apple to pay a €1.1 billion ($1.23 billion) fine, for colluding with its distributors and abusing the economic dependence of its independent resellers.”
European Data Protection Board: The Swedish Data Protection Authority imposes administrative fine on Google. “The Swedish Data Protection Authority imposes a fine of 75 million Swedish kronor (approximately 7 million euro) on Google for failure to comply with the GDPR. Google as a search engine operator has not fulfilled its obligations in respect of the right to request delisting.” 7 million euro is roughly $7.8 million USD.
Mashable: Rhode Island suggests Facebook overpaid the FTC billions to protect Mark Zuckerberg. “The state of Rhode Island is suing the social media giant in a bid to force Facebook to turn over documents related to the head-turning $5 billion FTC payout. While the inciting incident was the charge — following the Cambridge Analytica scandal — that Facebook lied to its users about their privacy, at issue for Rhode Island is the size of that monumental payment. The state, which owns Facebook stock, suggests in the suit that the company substantially overpaid the FTC in a bid to get Mark Zuckerberg personally off the hook.”
Associated Press: Twitter, Facebook fined for not moving user data to Russia. “A court in Moscow fined Twitter and Facebook 4 million rubles each Thursday for refusing to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia, the largest penalties imposed on Western technology companies under internet use laws.” Three million rubles is a little under $63,000 USD.
Reuters: Turkish competition board fines Google $16.3 mln. “Turkey’s competition authority fined Google 98.35 million lira ($16.26 million) on Friday for abusing its dominant market position.”
Reuters: Google takes on EU in court over record antitrust fines. “The company will lay out its arguments against a 2.4-billion-euro ($2.6 billion) fine handed out by the European Commission during a three-day hearing at the General Court. EU regulators said this penalty was for Google’s favoring its own price comparison shopping service to the disadvantage of smaller European rivals.”