Google hit with 150 million euro French high-quality for cookie breaches By Reuters


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By Mathieu Rosemain

PARIS (Reuters) – French data protection authority CNIL said Thursday it had fined Alphabet (NASDAQ 🙂 a record 150 million euros ($ 169 million) on Google for making it harder for internet users to access what are known as cookies online Reject tracker.

Meta Platforms’ Facebook (NASDAQ 🙂 was fined 60 million euros for the same reason, the CNIL said.

“The CNIL has determined that the websites, and do not allow refusing cookies as easily as accepting them,” said the watchdog in a statement, citing the video streaming platform of Google.

The agency said the two companies would have three months to comply with their orders or face an additional fine of € 100,000 per day of delay.

This includes the commitment by Google and Facebook to provide French internet users with easier tools to reject cookies in order to guarantee their consent.

The CNIL said that while Google and Facebook provided a virtual button to allow cookies to be accepted immediately, there was no equivalent to refuse them so easily.

“People trust that we will respect and protect their right to privacy. We understand our responsibility to protect this trust and, in light of this decision, commit to further changes and active cooperation with the CNIL, ”said a Google spokesman.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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