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Session 74

Google has been fined $57 million for breaking new European data laws. Neil and Dan teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Google fined $57 million 

Google has been fined by a French regulator for breaking new European laws aimed at protecting people's data. The company hasn't kept users "sufficiently informed" about how it collects data to personalise advertising, according to the regulator.

Language challenge

Which word fits in both gaps?

I was ____ until I had to pay that parking ____!

a) forfeit
b) fee
c) fine

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The story

France has fined Google $57 million for breaching new European Union laws on data and content. It's the biggest penalty so far for breaking the laws. French prosecutors said Google was not clear enough about how it was using people's personal information to target them with adverts.

Key words and phrases

unclear and possibly dishonest

• She's such a nice person that you'd never believe her murky past.
• The historical account is murky. No one knows what really happened.

to the tune of
to the amount of

• Ronaldo signed a contract with Juventus to the tune of €100 million.
• He received compensation for his injury to the tune of £20 thousand.

failed an assessment

• I'm going to flunk my English test – I don't understand anything!
• Dan nearly flunked out of university in his second year. Too much partying!

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

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Language challenge answer

c) fine


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