Google was fined 150 million euros for breaching cookies

Google was fined 150 million euros for breaching cookies

France’s data privacy watchdog CNIL said on Thursday it had fined Alphabet’s Google a record 150 million euros ($169 million) for making it hard for internet users to decline online trackers known as treats. Meta Platforms’ Facebook was additionally fined 60 million euros for a similar reason, the CNIL said. The CNIL has found that the facebook.com, google.fr and youtube.com sites don’t permit to reject cookies as effectively all things considered to acknowledge them, the watchdog said in an assertion, additionally refering to Google’s video-streaming stage.

These include the obligation for Google and Facebook to provide French internet users simpler tools for refusing cookies, in order to guarantee their consent.

The authority said the two companies had three months to comply with its orders or face an extra penalty payment of 100,000 euros per day of delay.

The CNIL said that while Google and Facebook provided a virtual button to allow the immediate acceptance for cookies, there was no equivalent to refuse them as easily.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“People trust us to respect their right to privacy and keep them safe. We understand our responsibility to protect that trust and are committing to further changes and active work with the CNIL in light of this decision,” a Google spokesperson said.

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