CNIL fines Google €150 million and Facebook €60 million
France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has fined Google and Facebook for non-compliance with France’s data protection law.
The fine imposed on Google is €150 million in total (€90 million for Google LLC and €60 million for Google Ireland Ltd), and the fine on Facebook Ireland Ltd is €60 million. The regulator says that on facebook.com, google.fr and youtube.com there is a feature to accept cookies, but individual users in France cannot easily refuse the deposit of cookies.
The decision, issued on 6 January, gives the companies three months to resolve the issue. The CNIL states that refusing cookies should be made as easy as accepting them. If the companies fail to enable this change, there is a penalty of €100,000 per day of delay.