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Cookies: the CNIL is increasing the number of formal notices

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Posted on Jul 19, 2021, 5:51 p.m.

After the formal notice, by the National Commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL), of some twenty organizations in May, mainly large companies in the digital economy, for breaches relating to the legislation on cookies, a second round of formal notices has just been issued against around forty new organizations. Indeed, these still do not allow Internet users to refuse cookies as simply as to accept them.

The CNIL indicates in a press release that the formal notices concern in particular “four major platforms of the digital economy”, which are at the heart of the debate. Without citing any name, it indicates the type of organizations that must comply with the legislation on cookies. Are thus concerned “six major manufacturers of computer hardware and software, six online sales of consumer goods, two major players in online tourism, three vehicle rental companies, three major players in the banking sector, two important local authorities, two online public services and an energy player ”.

The Commission emphasizes that these measures supplement the proceedings in progress before its restricted panel. They are likely to lead to fines of up to 2% of turnover. The 40 or so organizations now have until September 6 to come into compliance.

The giants of the Web in the sights of the CNIL

In October 2020, the CNIL published its “recommendation” on targeted advertising, the result of a long consultation process to apply the principles of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force in 2018. The latter This provides in particular for explicit consent to the collection of personal data.

In the sights of the CNIL, the giants of the Web, and in particular Google and Amazon. The first has already been fined several times, including one of 100 million euros at the end of December 2020, a record that caused a stir in Europe. The French gendarme for the protection of privacy criticized Google for having placed advertising cookies on users’ computers from the site without the prior consent of Internet users and without having informed them satisfactorily. For similar reasons, Amazon was fined 35 million euros.

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