The study, which took place between May 2020 and June 2022, also found that the purpose of cookies on the site was not sufficiently precise in the first-level information banner, nor was it sufficient when users clicked on the link in that banner.
Several violations of Art. 82 of the Data Protection Act, which Beeping computer (opens in a new tab) the reports comply with the EU GDPR, leading to the CNIL imposing a €5 million fine on TikTok.
The amount of the fine was reportedly based on “the infringements found, the number of people affected – including minors – and numerous previous CNIL communications about the fact that refusing cookies must be as easy as accepting them.” ”, according to an extract from the CNIL website.
In recent months, the CNIL has questioned the internet practices of many other companies, imposing a fine of 8 million euros Apple (opens in a new tab) for advertising in the App Store, a fine of 60 million euros Microsoft (opens in a new tab) over the collection of cookies and a fine of €800,000 Discord (opens in a new tab) in connection with non-compliance with some provisions of the GDPR, all of which from November 2022
TikTok spokesman said TechRadar Pro:
“These findings relate to previous practices we addressed last year, including facilitating the rejection of non-essential cookies and providing additional information about the purposes of certain cookies. The CNIL itself underlined our cooperation throughout the investigation, and user privacy remains a top priority for TikTok.”