Privacy complaint against Google over unsolicited commercial emails

Google has violated a European Union court ruling by sending unsolicited commercial emails directly to Gmail users’ inboxes, Austrian advocacy group noyb.eu said on Wednesday in a complaint filed with France’s data protection regulator.

The Alphabet unit, whose revenue comes primarily from online advertising, should ask Gmail users for their prior consent before sending them direct marketing emails, noyb.eu said, citing a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). ) from the year 2021.

While Google’s promotional emails may look like regular ones, they contain the word “ad” in green letters to the left under the email subject, according to noyb.eu in its complaint. Also, they don’t include a date, the advocacy group added.

Google and the French data protection authority CNIL did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Vienna-based noyb.eu (None Of Your Business) is an advocacy group founded by Austrian lawyer and data protection activist Max Schrems, who won a high-profile case in Europe’s highest court in 2020.

The CNIL, known as one of the most vocal privacy regulators in Europe, slapped Google with a record €150 million ($149 million) fine earlier this year for making it harder for internet users to opt out of online trackers.

https://www.independent.ie/business/world/privacy-complaint-targets-google-over-unsolicited-ad-emails-41933684.html Privacy complaint against Google over unsolicited commercial emails

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