On June 30, 2015, the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) summarized the results of the cookie inspections it conducted at the end of 2014.
The CNIL, therefore, served a formal notice on approximately 20 web publishers to comply with French cookie requirements within a prescribed period of time. The formal notices are not a sanction under French law. The CNIL will impose a sanction (i.e., a fine) only if the relevant web publishers do not comply with the formal notice within the prescribed period of time. The CNIL stated that the notices do not relate to the use of analytics cookies, which may be exempt from the consent requirement in certain circumstances under French law.