France imposes fines on Google and Facebook for this reason

France's National Committee for Informatics and Liberties said on Thursday that Google and Facebook face fines worth tens of millions of euros for asking their users to click to delete their cookies rather than accepting them.

Two Google subsidiaries were subject to fines totaling 150 million euros ($170 million), while Facebook had to pay 60 million euros.

The National Committee for Informatics and Liberties indicated that it is possible to accept cookies, with just one click, on the websites "google.fr", "facebook.com" and "youtube.com", while several clicks are required to delete them.

She said this had an effect on the consent provisions under French law.

A spokeswoman for Meta, which is the parent company of Facebook, said the company would consider the ruling.

The spokeswoman pointed out that the personal settings gave users greater control over their data, adding that the settings will be improved.

On the other hand, Google said it knows its responsibilities and has committed to the changes.

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