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

In light of the recent breaking story about Google, where they were fined by the French regulator £44 million, below is comment from cybersecurity firm Veracode’s director of solutions architecture (EMEA), Paul Farrington.

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 this fine is the start of a challenging 2019 for businesses when it comes to compliance. 

With International Data Protection Day soon, it should come as timely reminder organisations must get their houses 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, director of solutions architecture (EMEA) at Veracode

“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.”