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Alexander Egerton quoted in CityAM

Partner Alexander Egerton has been quoted in CityAM discussing France’s data privacy watchdog fining Google a record €150m (£125m).

Partner, Alexander Egerton has been quoted in CityAM discussing France’s data privacy watchdog fining Google a record €150m (£125m) for making it difficult for internet users to refuse online trackers.

Commenting on the decision, Alex said: "This development showcases the jurisdictional reach of privacy law.”

“The GDPR allows companies to choose which regulator regulates them. This case shows that if one regulator wants to enforce in another EU state they can proceed. As stated above, the European regulators are increasingly active – CNIL fined Amazon €746 m and the WhatsApp fine totalled €225. However, there is frustration regarding the lack of European conformity – some regulators are seen as under resourced and others as too compliant. The pressure placed on Ireland regarding WhatsApp and the approach that CNIL has taken show us that the perceived benefit of forum shopping may not crystalise.”

“This case shows us that any reform may not prevent EU regulators from challenging any change to future UK practice.”

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