A French watchdog organization has slapped Google with a $57 million fine under European privacy laws implemented last year.
The penalty is the first time a U.S. tech behemoth has been fined under the new regulations, according to the Associated Press.
The new rules, which were implemented in May, forced large tech companies like Google to overhaul their user privacy policies. The European Union-based rules require companies to give full disclosure about what they do with the digital data they collect and offer their users more control over their information.
"Users are not able to fully understand the extent of the processing operations carried out by GOOGLE. But the processing operations are particularly massive and intrusive because of the number of services offered (about twenty), the amount and the nature of the data processed and combined," the group said.
The watchdog group argued that Google violated the new privacy rules in two key areas.
Google, in a statement to the AP, said the company is "deeply committed" to transparency and is deciding "next steps" in the wake of the fine.