France fines Google $120M and Amazon $42M for dropping tracking cookies without consent


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France’s data protection agency, the CNIL,  has slapped Google and Amazon with fines for dropping tracking cookies without consent.

Google  has been hit with a total of €100 million ($120M) for dropping cookies on and Amazon €35M (~42M) for doing so on the Amazon .fr domain under the penalty notices issued today.

The regulator carried out investigations of the websites over the past year and found tracking cookies were automatically dropped when a user visited the domains in breach of the country’s Data Protection Act.

In Google’s case the CNIL has found three consent violations related to dropping non-essential cookies.

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