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Google and Amazon fined by French watchdog

Both Google and Amazon have been given fines by France’s data privacy watchdog for breaching the country’s rules on online cookies.

Google received a €100 million fine which is the largest fine ever handed out by France’s watchdog.

For breaking the same rules on online cookies, Amazon was handed a fine of €35 million. It was discovered that the companies didn’t seek prior consent of visitors before advertising cookies.

It was also not made clear how either company was going to use the cookies or how users could refuse any use of them.

The majority of Google’s fine (€60 million) must be paid its US entity Google LLC with the remainder being paid by EU-based Google Ireland Limited. Amazon must pay its fine through its Luxembourg-based entity.

Both companies have three months to change the information banners, failure to do so will lead to an additional €100 million fine per day until they comply.

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