In previous blogs, we've discussed General Data Protection Regulations – or, GDPR - which the European Union enacted in May 2018.

Since then, the first significant GDPR fine has been issued against a company to which everyone has provided data: Google. Google was first to face the major consequences of the GDPR in the form of a $57 million fine issued by the French data protection regulator CNIL.

CNIL fined Google for failing to meet GDPR standards in providing information to customers about how their data is being used, particularly in regard to personalized ads.

Now that Google has been fined under the GDPR, many think that fines will become more common practice. Therefore, it is more important than ever to ensure your business complies with the GDPR, if it is required to do so.

In the United States, there has been a push for similar regulations. Some states have already begun to impose their own privacy protections and others are sure to follow even if federal privacy legislation isn't enacted.

The hefty fine incurred by Google shows that there is no company too big to be subject to the GDPR.

If you have questions about better protecting data for your company, we're happy to help!

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