By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Newyork: Google racked up another record fine in the European Union, this time a 100 million-euro (S$196 million) penalty from France’s privacy watchdog over the way it manages cookies on its search engine.
CNIL, France’s data protection authority, also slapped online shopping giant Amazon.com Inc. with a 35 million-euro fine for placing cookies, which are tracking devices, on people’s computers without their consent, according to a statement on Thursday.
The companies were given a three-month ultimatum to make changes to the information they provide to users or face additional daily fines of 100,000 euros.
The Google penalty is double CNIL’s previous highest fine, also for the Alphabet Inc unit. The company has also faced intense scrutiny from the European Commission, having been fined more than 8.2 billion euros in three antitrust cases.