French regulators have fined Google and Facebook, which will have to pay a total of 210 million euros for the use of cookies.

The data privacy protection body, CNIL, has announced that both social networks are making it difficult for users to refuse to follow their data, reports the BBC.

Consent to the use of cookies is the key in the European Union’s data privacy regulations and a top priority for CNIL.

Companies must pay fines within three months or will have to pay another 100,000 euros for each day of delay.

Cookies are small data packets that allow web browsers to store information and, for example, provide targeted ads.

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