Google violated a European Union court ruling by sending unsolicited promotional emails directly to Gmail users’ inboxes, Austrian advocacy group noyb.eu said Wednesday in its complaint. to the French data protection watchdog.
The Alphabet unit, whose revenue comes mainly from online advertising, should require Gmail users’ consent in advance before sending them any direct marketing emails, noyb.eu said, citing the decision this year. 2021 of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJUE).
While Google promotional emails may look like normal emails, they include the word “Promotion” in green letters on the left side, below the subject of the email, noyb.eu for know in your complaint. In addition, they do not include dates, the advocacy group added.
“It’s as if the postman gets paid to remove ads from your inbox and place his own ads instead,” says Romain Robert, program director at noyb.eu. program manager at noyb.eu, said in reference to Gmail’s anti-spam filter that puts most unsolicited emails in a separate folder.
Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A CNIL spokesperson confirmed that the complaint has been received by the competent authority and that it is being registered.
Vienna-based noyb.eu chose CNIL, among other national data privacy watchdogs, because it is known to be one of the most vocal regulators, Robert said. within the EU.
While any CNIL decision would apply only in France, it could force Google to reconsider its operations in the region.
CNIL imposed a record 150 million euro ($149 million) fine against Google earlier this year for making it difficult for internet users to opt out of online trackers.
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