Europe is so not done regulating Google and other US tech giants
he US is edging ever closer to regulating its giant, world-famous tech companies. But even as lawmakers in DC spar with the likes of Google and Facebook over potential overreach, European regulators have already been busy. And there are no signs of stopping next year.
It was a landmark year in 2018 after the EU handed down its largest fine ever on Google (totaling $5 billion) and introduced a strict privacy law, the GDPR
This year has been comparatively drama-free — it’s been mostly tying up loose ends, feeling out new problems and kicking the enforcement of GDPR up a couple of notches with bigger and more frequent fines. The most notable moment was the resolution of the EU’s final antitrust investigation into Google (over AdSense) in March, resulting in a third multibillion-dollar fine in three years.