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French regulator fines Google and Facebook a combined $238 million over cookies

France’s data regulator CNIL has fined Google EUR1 50 million ($ 170 million) and Meta/ Facebook EUR6 0 million ($ 68 million) for violate EU privacy regulates. Both fellowships failed to allow French customers to easily reject cookie tracking technology as required by EU privacy regulations, distributed according to CNIL’s news release.

The penalizes were specific levied against Google’s US and Irish actions( EUR9 0 million and EUR6 0 million respectively) and against Facebook’s Irish forearm. Both business face daily fines of EUR1 00,000 if they don’t reform their practises within three months of CNIL’s official decision.

In addition to the fines, the limited committee the companies to provide Internet users located in France with a means of refusing cookies as simple as the existing means of accepting them, in order to guarantee their freedom of consent, within three months. If they fail to do so, the companies will have to pay a penalty of 100,000 euros per period of delay.

” We are reviewing the authority’s decision and remain committed to working with issuing authority, ” a Meta spokesperson told Politico. “Our cookie consent switches render parties with greater sovereignty over their data, including a new provides menu on Facebook and Instagram where people can revisit and manage their decisions at any time, and we continue to develop and improve these controls.”

“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 under the ePrivacy Directive, ” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

CNIL said it has issued 100 line-ups and sanctions related to non-compliance with cookie legislation since it went into force on March 31, 2021. The regulator previously fined Google EUR1 00 million for cookie contraventions under European e-Privacy rules and EUR5 0 million for GDPR misdemeanours.

Google is still fighting the EUR1 00 million fine before France’s highest court. It’s expected to fight the latest sanction as well, according Politico. At the same time, the penalties against Google and Meta’s Irish operations point to major hostility between the EU and Ireland. Europe identifies Ireland’s wars as too friendly toward tech giants headquartered there, and hostile toward used privacy.

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