French regulators fined Google & Facebook over the use of cookies

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18.1.2022 | French regulators fined Google & Facebook over the use of cookies

French regulators have hit Google and Facebook with fines over the use of cookies. Cookies are little packets of data that allows web browsers to store information and provide, for example, targeted ads.

Data privacy watchdog the CNIL said both sites were making it difficult for internet users to refuse the online trackers. The social-media firms have three months to comply or face penalties of 100,000 euros for each day of delay.

"When you accept cookies, it's done in just one click," said Karin Kiefer, the CNIL's head of data protection and sanctions. "Rejecting cookies should be as easy as accepting them."

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