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Before I get into the latest and greatest from the world of data protection and the GDPR, I would like to take a moment to talk about my personal experiences from the 2019 XBIZ tradeshow. I’ve grown increasingly tired of hearing people complain about industry tradeshows and focus solely on the quantity of attendees; the fact is that everyone likes to complain and always will. This year’s 2019 XBIZ tradeshow was a tremendous success and I feel sorry for those who missed out. The mood was set from the opening night with the incredibly popular “Rooftop Rage,” sponsored by MojoHost and Silverstein Legal.

Sure, I’m a little biased because I co-sponsored the event, but given the personal messages that I’ve received, this event was a hit. I’m told that the Rooftop Rage ended up being the start of new ventures and collaborations for many in the industry. The rest of the show was equally impressive and the entire XBIZ team deserves credit for a job well done. The seminars were packed wall-to-wall, the awards shows were memorable celebrations of the best-of-the-best and everywhere I looked meetings were taking place and business was getting done — if that’s not a successful tradeshow then I have no idea what is.

As luck would have it, I received my first XBIZ Exec Award at this year’s show and I was truly honored and humbled by the experience. I’m told that I’m the first lawyer in the award show’s history to receive an XBIZ award and I don’t think I have adequate words to express my appreciation to the adult industry for providing me this recognition. Incredibly, I was even honored on the same night as Stephen Yagielowicz who was presented with a special award for his nearly 20 years of journalistic work for XBIZ. I’ve always admired Stephen and find it amazing to have shared this award-winning evening with him.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, it’s time to talk about the latest news concerning the GDPR and it isn’t good. In the later part of this past January, Google was assessed fines in the amount of 50 million euros (approximately 57 million USD) by a French regulator for violations of the GDPR. Most experts and journalists seem to agree that this is being considered the first major financial penalty assessed on anyone since the GDPR became enforceable. Google has promised to appeal (as they should) and this will be a case that everyone should continue to follow.

In terms of what happened, France’s National Data Protection Commission alleged and found that Google failed to present information about data-processing purposes and data-storage periods in the same place, sometimes, requiring users to make five or six clicks to obtain the information. In a statement released with the announcement of the fine, Google was fined over “a lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the ads personalization.” In summation, Google was found to not have obtained prior consent from Google users for the data it collects for the numerous services it provides.