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Google accused of violating court order, emails sent to users without permission, complaint filed

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The non-profit organization has accused Google of violating a court order.
The organization alleges that Google sent advertising emails to users’ inboxes without their consent.
The organization had earlier also complained about cookies against Google.

New Delhi. An Austrian non-profit organization has accused Google of violating a European Union (EU) court order. The organization, in a complaint filed with France’s data protection authority, the National de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), said that Google sent advertising emails to users’ inboxes without their consent. It is worth noting that Google’s free email service displays list advertisements. It also includes email list. They are denoted by the word ‘Ad’.

In a complaint filed with French data watchdog CNIL, Austria-based None Of Your Business (NOYB) claims Google has repeatedly ignored the European Court of Justice’s (CJEU) ruling on direct marketing emails and sent unnecessary emails to users.

Company sends non-essential messages
According to NOYB, the company’s free email service successfully filters spam messages, but sends unnecessary messages in the form of ads without consent, as if users have subscribed to those emails.

may be fined
During this, the organization cited a 2021 decision by CJUE, which states that any advertisement that arrives in users’ inbox is subject to the consent rule. Google refers to those ads with the word ad in users’ inboxes. Please note that the company may face fines, as the complaint is based on the ePrivacy Directive and not GDPR.

There was a complaint before
Let us tell you that this is not the first complaint filed by NOYB against Google in CNIL. Earlier in December 2021 also, NOYB had complained to CNIL regarding cookies. At that time CNIL fined Google 50 million euros (about Rs 400 crore).

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