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France: CNIL sends 40 formal notices for failures to allow cookies to be refused as easily as accepted

The French data protection authority ('CNIL') released, on 19 July 2021, a statement declaring that the President has sent 40 formal notices to organisations which do not permit users to refuse the use of cookies and similar technologies as easily as they can accept them, in violation of CNIL's guidelines and recommendations on the use of cookies, as part of CNIL's ongoing strategy for compliance with the same. In particular, CNIL outlined that it will follow the formal notices with audits and will adopt, where necessary, new corrective measures against non-compliant organisations.

Futhermore, CNIL noted that the relevant organisations have a deadline of 6 September 2021 to comply with the applicable legislation, or face a fine of up to 2% of turnover.

Among others, CNIL detailed that the concerned organisations include:

  • four major digital economy platforms;
  • six major manufacturers of digital technology;
  • six e-commerce providers;
  • two major online tourism agencies;
  • three vehicle renting organisations;
  • three major actors from the banking sector;
  • two important local councils; and
  • an energy provider.

You can read the statement, only available in French, here.