Both Alphabet (the parent company of Google and Meta (the parent company of Facebook) have today been fined by the French data protection regulator due to both tech giants violating cookie consent laws. The regulator imposing the fines is the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, or CNIL for short.
Google’s fine is 150 million Euros or approximately $170 million whereas Facebook’s fine comes to 60 million euros which is roughly $68 million.
Google & Facebook Cookie Law Violation
The CNIL determined that this is an infringement of Article 82 of the French Data Protection Act as:
“This process affects the freedom of consent: since, on the Internet, the user expects to be able to quickly consult a website, the fact that they cannot refuse the cookies as easily as they can accept them influences their choice in favor of consent.”CNIL Statement
Whilst surely an easy fix for both companies it does not make good PR for either one especially with the year that Facebook has had and the accusations that have been labeled at the company.
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