France fines Google & Facebook over cookie policies

Google and Facebook have been hit with fines of €210 million - or £175 million  - over their use of online trackers, with data privacy watchdog , the CNIL, stating that both sites made it difficult for users to decline the use of cookies. The head of data protection and sanctions at CNIL, Karin Kiefer, has said “rejecting cookies should be as easy as accepting them”, as per the GDPR. 

The companies have three months to comply with the EU’s data privacy regulations or face further fines of 100,000 euros for each additional day. 

 

But, are the EU’s data privacy regulations too difficult to comply with? It would seem so given the fact that the European parliament was recently found to have broken their own rules on consenting to cookies. 

Were the fines justly given or is it hypocritical of France to fine Google and Facebook when the European parliament can’t follow its own rules? 

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