Thursday, February 2

Millionaire fines to Google and Facebook because of their “cookies”


The National Commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL) “has found that the sites facebook.com, google.fr and youtube.com do not allow” rejecting “cookies” “just as simply” as if the user decides to accept them, the statement said.

Facebook and Google (owner of YouTube) have three months to correct this imbalance that is harmful to the user, with the penalty of paying an additional 100,000 euros (about 113,000 dollars) for each day of delay, the French commission added.

Google assured that it was going to change its policy after this new fine, in a statement sent to AFP.

“We are committed to applying new changes, as well as actively working with the CNIL in response to its decision, in accordance with the directive [europea] ePrivacy”, indicated the American giant.

“Cookies” or computer cookies are small files that detect the sites visited by Internet users, which are then the subject of supposedly personalized advertising messages.

This tracking is regularly denounced by associations for the defense of consumers and Internet users.

The European Union approved in 2018 a regulation on personal data with stricter rules. Users receive, when opening a web page, a warning to specifically authorize the use of “cookies”, to partially modify that use or simply not to accept it.

But the total rejection of computer tracking is difficult, criticizes the French CNIL. “The websites facebook.com, google.fr and youtube.com propose a button that allows you to immediately accept the ‘cookies'”, while to completely reject them “several clicks are necessary”, explains the statement.

The French body had given website publishers until April 2021 to adapt to European regulations. In July, the newspaper Le Figaro was the first to suffer the consequences of this tightening, with a fine of 50,000 euros (about $55,000) because of the “cookies” used by the business partners of the newspaper’s website.

The commission recently warned that since April it has sent notices to 90 websites asking them to modify their devices.

Amazon was also fined in 2020, with 35 million euros (about $39 million) for the same reasons.



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