France’s DPA fines Google €100 million and Amazon €35 million for breach of cookie rules
The CNIL, France’s Data Protection Authority, has imposed a €60 million fine on Google LLC, €40 million on Google Ireland Ltd, and €35 million on Amazon.
The fines, announced today, relate in particular to the placing of advertising cookies on users’ computers without prior consent when using google.fr search engine, or visiting amazon.fr. The regulator says that in both cases there was also lack of information provided to the users of the search engine google.fr and on the website amazon.fr.
Regarding Google, while Google LLC is established in California, it develops the search engine Google Search. Google has based its European headquarters in Ireland, and Google France is the establishment of Google LCC in France.
The CNIL says it is materially competent to control and sanction cookies placed by the companies on the computers of users living in France. The GDPR cooperation mechanism did not apply here as the operations related to cookies fall under the e-Privacy Directive, transposed in Article 82 of France’s Data Protection Act.
The CNIL is on a year-end enforcement spree; at the end of November, it fined Carrefour France €2,250,000 and Carrefour Banque €800,000 euros for GDPR infringements.