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France fines Google, Facebook for not allowing users to deny cookies as simply as accepting them.

The French government is fining the tech giants millions over data that tracks users' activity. They've given the companies three months to comply or face further fines.

The French government is fining the tech giants millions over data that tracks users’ activity. They’ve given the companies three months to comply or face further fines.

Summary

  • France’s National Commission for Information Technology and Freedom (CNIL) on Thursday hit Facebook and Google with €210 million ($237 million) in fines.
  • Google, which also owns YouTube, was fined €150 million, breaking a record €100-million fine the company received in December 2020 over similar practices.
  • The two companies have three months to adapt their methods or they will be fined €100,000 a day, CNIL said.
  • In a statement to French news agency AFP, Google said it would change its practices in accordance with the decision.
  • CNIL has argued that many companies make it much clearer and easier to accept the use of cookies than to reject them.