France's privacy watchdog has fined Microsoft 60 million euros for imposing advertising cookies on its users.
The French regulator of personal data said that when users visited Bing "cookies were deposited on their terminal without their consent, while these cookies were used, among others, for advertising purposes." CNIL added further that there was "no button allowing to refuse the deposit of cookies as easily as accepting it."
The fine relates to data protection laws in the European Union that require websites to get consent from visitors before storing or retrieving any information on their digital device. As cookies are used to track online browsing, any website that uses them (which is basically all of them) fall within the remit of the law.
Microsoft has not commented on the fine as of yet. But it has been given three months to fix the problem. If it fails to do so, it could face further penalties of 60,000 euros for every day the issue remains after the deadline.