France fines Microsoft €60 million for imposing ad cookies on users


France’s privacy watchdog on Thursday said it had fined US tech giant Microsoft 60 million euros ($64 million) for providing advertising cookies to users.

In the largest fine to be imposed in 2022, the National Commission on Technology and Freedom (CNIL) said MicrosoftBing’s search engine has not established a system that allows users to refuse cookies as simply as accepting them.

The French The regulator said that after investigating, it found that “when users visited this website, cookies were sent to their terminal without their consent, while those These are used, among other cookies, for advertising purposes.”

It also “observed that there is no button that allows refusing to send a cookie as easily as accepting it.”

CNIL said the fine was justified in part because of the profits the company made from advertising profits generated indirectly from data collected through cookies – small data files that track online browsing. .

The company has three months to fix the problem, with the possibility of an additional fine of 60,000 euros per day if overdue.

Last year, CNIL said it would carry out a year of checks on websites that don’t follow the rules for using web cookies. Google and Facebook are sanctioned last year by CNI with fines of 150 million and 60 millioncorresponding euro for similar offenses.



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