Google fined 100 million euros by French watchdog

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Google has collected another record fine from the European Union, this time a penalty of 100 million euros from the French privacy watchdog for the way it manages cookies on its search engine .

The CNIL, the French data protection authority, also slapped the online shopping giant Amazon. com with a fine of 35 million euros for placing cookies, which are tracking devices, on people’s computers without their consent, according to a statement released Thursday.

Companies have been given a three-month ultimatum to change the information they provide to users, or face additional daily fines of € 100,000.

The Google sanction is double the previous highest fine of the CNIL, also for the Alphabet unit. The company has also come under close scrutiny by the European Commission, after being fined more than € 8.2 billion in three antitrust cases.

The powers of EU data protection regulators have increased dramatically since the so-called General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, came into effect in May 2018. The law allows watchdogs for the first time collecting fines of up to 4 percent of a business. annual worldwide sales.

But the latest fines were imposed on the basis of French rules governing the use of cookies and other tracking devices by companies. – Bloomberg LP

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