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France imposes 210 mln euros on Google, Facebook

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PARIS, Jan 6: France’s data privacy watchdog (CNIL) on Thursday fined Google 150 million euros (USD 169 million) and Facebook 60 million euros (USD 68 million), for making it difficult for users to refuse cookies. “The CNIL has found that the facebook.com, google.fr and youtube.com websites do not allow to refuse cookies as easily as it is to accept them,” the watchdog said in a statement.

While Google and Facebook provided a virtual button to allow the immediate acceptance for cookies, there was no equivalent to refuse them as easily, the CNIL added. It called on both technology companies to provide French internet users simpler tools for refusing cookies, in order to guarantee their consent. The authority said the two companies had three months to comply with its orders or face an extra penalty payment of 100,000 euros per day of delay (KUNA)

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