France's Data Protection Authority (CNIL) has issued fines totalling €210m to Facebook and Google for breaching cookie consent rules under the ePrivacy Directive. The CNIL alleged the companies did not allow French users to easily reject tracking via cookies. The CNIL said it had fined Google €150m and Facebook €60m for breaching French national law, following investigations into how the technology companies present users with choices about tracking. Additional daily penalties of 100,000 euros are possible if users are not given means to opt-out of tracking within three months.
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