CNIL fines Google LLC and Google Ireland with a total of €100 million for Using Cookies illegally

Google has been fined by CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des Libertés) on the 7th of December 2020, for placing advertising cookies in the users’ computers without obtaining their consent.

Following the investigation, it was found that the ‘’Privacy reminder from Google’’ banner did not inform the user about the cookies that were already installed on their device when the website was accessed, violating one of the fundamental principles of the GDPR (The General Data Protection Regulation)

Moreover, according to CNIL, even when the user deactivated the advertising ad, some cookies remained installed on the device.

Therefore, the French Authority imposed a penalty of €60 million on Google LLC and €40 million for Google Ireland. It is one of the biggest fine imposed for such a data breach.

Google declared it will make the necessary changes to comply with the law: “This case was not about whether consent is needed for personalised advertising, but about how exactly it should be obtained. In lighoflightlight of this decision, we will now review what changes we need to make.”

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