On February 4, 2021, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it sent letters and emails to approximately 300 organizations, both private and public, to remind them of the new cookie law rules and the need to audit their sites and apps to comply with those rules by March 31, 2021.
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On January 27, 2021, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it imposed a fine of 150,000 Euros on a data controller, and a fine of 75,000 Euros on its data processor, for failure to implement adequate security measures to protect customers’ personal data against credential stuffing attacks on the website of the data controller. The CNIL decided not to make its decisions public, thereby not disclosing the name of the companies sanctioned.
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On December 10, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it has levied fines on Google LLC, Google Ireland Limited and Amazon Europe Core for alleged violations of the French cookie rules. This post examines the French cookie rules, CNIL’s territorial jurisdiction, the investigations and the sanctions levied against each company.
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On November 26, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it imposed a fine of €2.25 million on Carrefour France and a fine of €800,000 on Carrefour Banque for various violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and Article 82 of the French Data Protection Act governing the use of cookies.
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On November 5, 2020, Hunton Andrews Kurth will host a panel discussion with representatives from the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) and the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) to explore the latest developments on cookie guidance and compare their respective approaches. In our webinar titled “From a Regulator’s Perspective: Latest Developments on Cookie Guidance from the ICO and CNIL,” our speakers will discuss practical cookie law issues, including:
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On October 13, 2020, France’s highest administrative court issued a summary judgment that rejected a request for the suspension of France’s centralized health data platform, Health Data Hub.
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On October 1, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority published a revised version of its guidelines on cookies and similar technologies, its final recommendations on the practical modalities for obtaining users’ consent to store or read non-essential cookies and similar technologies on their devices and a set of questions and answers on the Recommendations.
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On August 5, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it has levied a fine of €250,000 on a French online shoe retailer for various infringements of the GDPR. This is the first penalty under the GDPR enforced by the CNIL as the lead supervisory authority in cooperation with other EU supervisory authorities.
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On June 19, 2020, France’s Highest Administrative Court upheld the French Data Protection Authority’s decision, whereby the CNIL imposed a fine of 50 million euros on Google under the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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