A Google spokesperson said: “People trust us to respect their right to privacy and keep them safe. We understand our responsibility to protect that trust and are committing to further changes and active work with the CNIL in light of this decision.”
A spokesperson for Facebook’s parent company, Meta, said: “We are reviewing the authority’s decision and remain committed to working with relevant authorities. Our cookie consent controls provide people with greater control over their data, including a new settings menu on Facebook and Instagram where people can revisit and manage their decisions at any time, and we continue to develop and improve these controls.”
Holding these tech giants accountable with privacy laws has been a unique challenge for the EU, but they are seeing it through. We should expect better from large corporations and European data privacy regulators are doing just that.