French privacy has hit Google

Another large amount of fines was also imposed on two US technology multinationals by an EU authority for breaches of data protection laws. Google and Meta (Facebook) could pay € 150 and € 60 million respectively because the French authority, CNIL, said they had not made it clear enough on their websites how the user could refuse to store cookies locally.

The decision was based on the fact that it was not so easy to refuse the use of cookies on, and as easily as could be agreed “.

In practice, this meant that while consent could be given at the touch of a button, rejection could only be achieved in a multi-step, more complex manner.

The two companies involved now have three months to put an end to the infringing practice, after which they will have to pay an additional € 100,000 in default fine each day.

The proper use of cookies and the status of user declarations related to them has been a swamp throughout the European Union for many years. In addition to the GDPR, the area would be regulated by the ePrivacy Regulation, which is also at EU level, but the latter has not yet been called for by the European Parliament, so it has not been implemented in any EU Member State.

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