France fines Facebook over data practices

France's privacy regulator has fined Facebook 150,000 euros - or about $166,000 - for allowing advertisers to access user data.

Reuters reported Tuesday that the government watchdog CNIL said that the fine is part of an investigation throughout Europe into Facebook's privacy practices.

The relatively small fine won't hurt the social media company, which brought in $8 billion in revenue last quarter, but Facebook does face the risk of increasing penalties as the continent-wide investigation continues.

CNIL took issue with Facebook's practice of tracking users' browsing without allowing them to opt out.

"We take note of the CNIL's decision with which we respectfully disagree," Facebook told Reuters in a statement.

"At Facebook, putting people in control of their privacy is at the heart of everything we do. Over recent years, we've simplified our policies further to help people understand how we use information to make Facebook better."

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