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Google confident it will win appeal against €50m fine for data protection breach

Optimistic: Keith Enright
Optimistic: Keith Enright

By Gavin McLoughlin

Google is "optimistic" it will win an appeal against a €50m fine it got in France for breaching data privacy rules.

It was the first major fine under new European rules known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

France said Google wasn't getting adequate consent to process users' data and serve them with personalised ads.

Speaking at an event in Dublin yesterday, Google's chief privacy officer Keith Enright said the tech giant thinks the "application and interpretation of the law by that court didn't reach the right outcome".

"We are optimistic that upon review we will be able to demonstrate that in fact the way that we obtained consent in the context of our products and services actually does reach an appropriate standard under the GDPR," he said at an event organised by the Institute of International and European Affairs.

He said the money Google generates from personalised ads helps it to provide products like its search engine or Maps service for free.

"We build products and services for everyone. And we have subsidised that work with an ad-supported business model," he added.

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He also said the personalised model helps Google users.

"It also allows for free apps, it allows for independent media to flourish, it allows for content creators to make their content available to the broadest possible all over the planet," he said.

"We remain convinced that these goals of strong privacy protection and allowing products and services to be made available all over the world are entirely consistent and that they can be reconciled."

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