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Bavaria: BayLDA audits apps and website cookie banners

On February 9, 2024, the Data Protection Authority of Bavaria for the Private Sector (BayLDA) announced that it had carried out a random, partly automated audit of more than 350 websites and 15 apps from Bavarian operators. In particular, the BayLDA stated that the focus of the app audit was the integration of services without the required consent and the focus of the website audit was to examine the question of whether there is an opt-out option at the first level of the cookie banner.

More specifically, the BayLDA stated that a wide range of app providers was tested, including providers of customer loyalty systems, entertainment and leisure services, and the insurance industry. The BayLDA found that in almost all of the apps tested, processes requiring consent were identified but necessary consent was not obtained. The app operators have now been asked to comment on these processes, as required in these procedures. The BayLDA noted that the final results of the review procedures are expected later in the year.

You can read the press release, only available in German, here