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France Fines Microsoft $64m for Imposing Ad Cookies to its Bing Users
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France Fines Microsoft $64m for Imposing Ad Cookies to its Bing Users

The Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL), France's digital privacy watchdog, stated on December 22, 2022 that it had fined US tech giant Microsoft €60 million ($64 million), its largest fine of the year, for using advertising cookies. The CNIL discovered that Bing, a search engine owned by Microsoft, did not have a system in place that would have allowed users to reject cookies as easily as they might have accepted them, as required by the EU's general data protection rule (GDPR). The regulator added that after looking into the matter, it discovered that "cookies were put on users' terminals when they visited [Bing] without their authorization, and these cookies were utilised, among other things, for advertising reasons." Bing stated that users could accept ...