Europe is making a brutal campaign against the transfer of data from internet users located in the old continent to the American one. On this occasion, France has established that the use of Google Analytics is a violation of GDPR laws in the European Union, following Austria’s footsteps. This is not the only thing that happens in Europe around data protection and the services offered by companies established outside the European territory. Learn more in this article!
France is the new country that fulfills the GDPR laws
The European continent has worked in recent years on a solid protection of users’ data located in Europe, hence the emergence of the GDPR laws. France is the new country to rule on the matter, and this time it focuses on the service offered by the giant Google, known as Google Analytics. The National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) said that the transfer of data from Europe to the United States is not completely secure or sufficiently regulated, thus violating Articles 44 et seq. of the data protection decree.
“Although Google has adopted additional measures to regulate data transfers in the context of the Google Analytics functionality, these are not sufficient to exclude the accessibility of this data for U.S. intelligence services,” the CNIL said. “There is, therefore, a risk for French website users who use this service and whose data is exported.”
The commission recommends one of the websites that did not comply with the GDPR, which must adhere to the laws and protect the data of its users, ending the use of the metrics service offered by the California-based company. Although Google claims that the metrics offer anonymous data, they only give a general overview of how site traffic is behaving. But it is not enough for the European Union that has under its sight how foreign companies use user information.
Meta also faces problems with the EU
Google is not the only American company that is under the scrutiny of the European Parliament. Meta, the company that owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, is also facing big problems in the old continent. This is because of the way the parliament wants to legislate the transfer of its citizens’ data. This has led to Meta possibly facing having to cancel the services of its platforms in Europe.
An extremely hard blow for Zuckerberg’s company, after never being able to enter a powerful market such as China. If Meta and the EU do not reach an agreement, the citizens of the countries that make up this parliament will not be able to have their accounts on these popular social networks again.
The GDPR laws are a very interesting text to study, offering great security measures for users from one of the oldest continents in the world. However, their execution is perhaps a bit extreme, which has led many companies based outside European territory to cancel their services in these countries. We will have to wait and see what happens, but the future of these platforms in Europe does not look very good. Keep in touch with our blog to read the latest news and innovations in the cybersecurity world.
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