Google has a long history of violating its users’ privacy and has been criticized on numerous occasions for doing so. Popular anti-malware product manufacturer Malwarebytes published a blog post in March which outlines the issues with Silicon Valley Tech companies failing to disclose the full privacy implications of their products, highlighting a Google motion detector which included a microphone — something that was never disclosed to owners.
In March, Google was fined $1.7 billion by the European Union for the company’s third breach of E.U. antitrust laws in three years. The latest fine against the company relates to Google’s AdSense advertising service and “illegal practices in search advertising brokering to cement its dominant market position,” according to European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.