French regulators have fined Google and Facebook 210 million euros ($237 million) over their use of “cookies,” which are used to track data users online, officials said on Thursday. said.
The 150 million euro fine imposed on Google was a record by France’s National Commission for Information Technology and Freedom (CNIL) in December 2020, beating the previous cookie-related fine of 100 million euro against the company.
Facebook was fined 60 million euros.
CNIL said both platforms have three months to adapt their practices, after which France will impose a fine of 100,000 euros per day.
Google told AFP it would change its behavior following the decision.
“In line with the expectations of Internet users… we remain committed to actively working with CNIL as we implement new changes,” the US firm said in a statement.
Cookies are small packets of data that are set on a user’s computer when they visit a website, allowing web browsers to save information about their session.
They are highly valuable to Google and Facebook as ways to personalize advertising – their primary source of revenue.
But privacy advocates have long pushed back and a European Union law passed in 2018 made stricter rules on internet companies, forcing them to seek direct consent of users before installing cookies on their computers.
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