France on Thursday imposed large fines on tech giants Amazon and Google because of infringements on legislation concerning the utilization of cookies, a French regulator has disclosed.
Google is to pay 100 million euros and Amazon 35 million euros, the National Commission on Informatics and Freedoms (CNIL) said in two separate statements.
The fines concern the subsidiaries Amazon Europe Core and therefore the two Google subsidiaries Google LLC and Google Ireland Ltd.
The regulator accuses the web giants of automatically enabling the utilization of cookies, which store data a few user’s behaviour online on their websites.
“Several of those cookies were for advertisement purposes,’’ CNIL said.
European Union regulation requires users to consent to the utilization of cookies.