Google’s GDPR fine only the tip of the regulatory iceberg in 2019


Google, one of the biggest handlers and processors of data in the world, has been subjected to a huge fine of 50 million euros (£44m) for violation of regulation set about by GDPR. The French data regulator CNIL has made an example of Google for their breaches in failing to provide adequate transparency and obtaining valid consent. Veracode believes that this fine is the start of a challenging 2019 for businesses when it comes to compliance.

With International Data Protection Day a week away, it should come as a timely reminder to organisations that they must get their houses in order with data protection and governance. Better data protection can be achieved through four key practices: Visibility, Security, Integrity and Recovery. Failure to adequately adhere to GDPR can see organisations being handed financial penalties like Google.

Paul Farrington, Veracode’s Director of Solutions Architecture (EMEA) made the following comment :

“The fine against Google is an indication of the serious focus on privacy and security by regulators. Global enterprises must take steps to ensure security hygiene and compliance with standards to reduce their risk and protect data.”