French regulators conclude ‘cookies’ case against Facebook

French privacy regulators have closed a case against Facebook after it concluded that the US tech giant had changed the way it was collecting user data.

Facebook was given a €60m fine last December after CNIL – a French regulator – ruled it was failing to allow users to easily opt out of cookies. CNIL told Meta to fix the issue within three months or face further punishment.

Earlier this week, the regulator said that the company ‘had complied with the injunction issued’ by installing a button labelled ‘only allow essential cookies’.

CNIL added that the end of this procedure did not rule out further scrutiny of Facebook, particularly of the requirement to give users clear and complete information on data collection.

The regulator said, “The CNIL therefore reserves the right to check the compliance of the website with these other requirements in the future and, if necessary, to resort to enforcement actions.”

Meta said in response that Facebook’s cookie consent controls ‘provide people with meaningful options over their data and the ability to revisit and manage their decisions at any time’. It added, “We continue to develop and improve these controls, including in response to regulator feedback.”

Copyright © 2022 FinTech Global

Enjoying the stories?

Subscribe to our daily FinTech newsletter and get the latest industry news & research


The following investor(s) were tagged in this article.