Google, Amazon fined $200M by French g
Google racked up another record fine in the European Union, this time a penalty of 100 million euros ($154 million) from France’s privacy watchdog over the way it manages cookies on its search engine.
CNIL, France’s data protection authority, also slapped online shopping giant Amazon 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 on Thursday.
The companies were given a threemonth ultimatum to make changes to the information they provide to users, or will face additional daily fines of 100,000 euros.
The Google penalty is double CNIL’s previous highest penalties, also for the Alphabet Inc. unit. The company has also faced intense scrutiny from the European Commission, having been fined more than 8.2 billion euros in three antitrust cases.
Google said in a statement that it stands by its “record of providing upfront information and clear controls, strong internal data governance, se