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Daring French firm bags Anonymous logo

A French Web agency has risked the wrath of activists by registering the logo and motto of the Anonymous group of hackers.

"We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us." The famed motto of the Anonymous movement now belongs to French company Early Flicker, Le Parisien reports.

The Web company has also registered the Anonymous logo which features a headless man in a suit in front of a globe.

It’s unclear however why Early Flicker is registering the Anonymous imagery. Website Numerama reports that the company is registered as a firm selling all sorts of products including clothes, leather products, suitcases and kitchenware. Numerama speculated that managers wanted to attract attention in this daring move against the Anonymous group.

Anonymous, a group of hackers who battle Internet censorship, have hacked several websites belonging to governments and large multinationals.

They have developed a strong imagery around the figure of Guy Fawkes, an English revolutionary, who took part in the failed gunpowder plot against the British monarchy in the 17th century. And they have shown they do not react kindly to attempts to use their imagery.

The French firm Everlife printed the Anonymous logo on t-shirts it sold, before web users who claimed they belonged to the Anonymous threatened to launch cyber-attacks on the firm.

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TECHNOLOGY

French watchdog fines Google and Amazon subsidiary €135m for unauthorised cookies

France's CNIL data privacy watchdog said on Thursday it had fined two Google units a total of €100 million and an Amazon subsidiary €35 million over advertising cookies.

French watchdog fines Google and Amazon subsidiary €135m for unauthorised cookies
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The regulator said the fines were “for having placed advertising cookies on the computers of users … without obtaining prior consent and without providing adequate information.”

A cookie is a small piece of data stored on a user's computer browser that allows websites to identify users and remember their previous activity.

The CNIL said when a user visited the website google.fr, several cookies used for advertising purposes were automatically placed on his or her computer, without any action required on the user's part.

It said a similar thing happened when visiting one page on the amazon.fr website.

CNIL said this type of cookie “can only be placed after the user has expressed his or her consent” and thus violated regulations on receiving prior consent.

It faulted Google for providing insufficient privacy information for users as it did not let them know about the cookies which had been placed and that the procedure to block them still left one operational.

CNIL also said Amazon had not provided clear or complete information about the cookies it placed on computers of users until a redesign in September 2020.

Google also stopped placing cookies on the computers of users without consent in September, CNIL said, but added it still does not provide a sufficient explanation for their use.

The regulator said “no matter what path the users used to visit the website, they were either insufficiently informed or never informed of the fact that cookies were placed on their computer.”

The €35 million fine is on the Amazon Europe Core subsidiary.

CNIL imposed fines of €60 million on Google LLC and €40 million on Google Ireland Limited.

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