France fines Google and Facebook over cookie breaches

CNIL, France’s data privacy watchdog, has fined Alphabet’s Google a record 150 million euros ($169 million) for making it difficult for internet users to refuse cookies.

CNIL also fined Meta Platforms’ Facebook 60 million euros for the same reason.

CNIL gave Google and Facebook three months to comply with its orders or face an extra penalty payment of 100,000 euros per day of delay.

These include the obligation for Google and Facebook to provide French internet users simpler tools for refusing cookies, in order to guarantee their consent.