Google and Facebook fined for spying on users — Action News Now

A French privacy watchdog accuses tech giants of making it difficult for users to choose not to track their activities

France’s online privacy regulator has ordered Google and Facebook to pay approximately 210 million euros (237 million US dollars) in fees and fined the two companies for suspicious use of data tracking “cookies” on their websites.

The French National Commission for Informatics and Freedom (CNIL) announced this initiative statement On Thursday, Google will pay 150 million euros in three months, and Facebook will pay another 60 million euros, otherwise it will face an additional fine of 100,000 euros per day.

The committee stated that these companies use “cookies”—or small amounts of data generated by users when they browse websites that can be used to track their activities— “Affect the freedom of consent,” Because Facebook and Google make it easier for netizens to authorize the data tracking instead of rejecting it.

“When you accept a cookie, you can do it with one click,” Say Karin Kiefer, head of the Commission’s data protection and sanctions team. “Rejecting cookies should be as easy as accepting them.”

The regulator added that these practices violated the French Data Protection Act and ordered these companies “To provide Internet users located in France with a method of rejecting cookies, as simple as the existing method of accepting them, to ensure their freedom of consent.”

Both Google and Facebook have issued statements vowing to cooperate with the French authorities to resolve this issue, although the latter insists “Cookie consent control allows people to better control their data,” Objection to the issue of consent raised by CNIL.Google also thinks “People believe that we will respect their privacy and keep them safe,” But still said he would chase “Further changes” To comply with the order.

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