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France: CNIL announces intent to fine companies as cookie campaign continues

The French data protection authority ('CNIL') issued, on 14 September 2021, a statement summarising the outcome of the formal notices issued to 38 website operators requiring them to ensure that refusing cookies is as easy as accepting them. In particular, CNIL indicated that 30 of such operators are now in compliance with the orders, whilst four have requested a time extension due to technical or operational constraints and four have not yet responded. In addition, CNIL noted that requests for time extensions are currently being considered and will only be granted if they are duly justified. However, CNIL stressed that the four organisations that have not responded will incur financial penalties of up to 2% of their turnover.

Furthermore, CNIL announced that its cookie campaign will continue and outlined that it will target national and international private actors, but also public bodies whose websites generate significant traffic, as well as the websites of political parties due to the presidential elections which will take place in 2022. 

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