French regulators on Thursday fined Google and Facebook a total of more than 200 million euros ($226 million) for not making it as easy for people to opt out of online tracking as it is for them to accept it.
The CNIL data privacy watchdog said its investigations found that while the U.S. online giants gave French users a single button to immediately accept cookies, there wasn’t an equally simple way for them to decline because “several clicks are required to refuse all cookies.”
France fines Google and Facebook €210m over user tracking
France’s data privacy watchdog has fined Google and Facebook a combined €210m (£176m) for hampering users’ ability to stop the companies tracking their online activity.
Google hit with 150 mln euro French fine for cookie breaches
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 difficult for internet users to refuse online trackers known as cookies.
Meta Platforms’ Facebook was also fined 60 million euros for the same reason, the CNIL said.
France fines Google and Facebook over cookies
Data privacy watchdog the CNIL said both sites were making it difficult for internet users to refuse the online trackers.
French privacy watchdog fines Facebook and Google over cookie tracking rules
France’s data protection watchdog known as the CNIL fined Facebook and Google €60 million and €150 million, respectively, on Thursday (6 December) in its latest crackdown against tech giants violating cookie tracking rules.