Google hit with 150 million euro French fine for cookie breaches By Reuters

Google hit with 150 million euro French fine for cookie breaches By Reuters
Google hit with 150 million euro French fine for cookie breaches © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Facebook’s new rebrand logo Meta is seen in front of displayed Google logo in this illustration taken on November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

By Mathieu Rosemain

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s data privacy watchdog CNIL said on Thursday it had fined Alphabet (NASDAQ:)’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 (NASDAQ:) was also fined 60 million euros for the same reason, the CNIL said.

Internet users’ prior consent for the use of cookies — tiny snippets of data that help build targeted digital ad campaigns — is a key pillar of the European Union’s data privacy regulation and a top priority for the CNIL.

“When you accept cookies, it’s done…

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