TikTok UK and Ireland have been heavily fined for breaching privacy rules

The French data protection authority, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), has hit TikTok hard because it believes the social media platform has not thoroughly informed users about the purpose of the cookies and offers them a simple website Possibility to refuse these cookies.

TikTok has since been fined €5 million. This is R93 033 816.

According to its own statements, the CNIL had carried out several online investigations on the “tiktok.com” website and on the basis of documents requested by the CNIL from the company. The authority confirmed that the investigations were carried out between May and June 2022.

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The authority said it had found that TikTok UK and TikTok Ireland had breached their obligations under Article 82 of the French Data Protection Act.


“During the inspection carried out in June 2021, the CNIL found that although the companies TikTok UK and TikTok Ireland have offered a button that allows the immediate acceptance of cookies, they have not put in place an equivalent solution (button or other) to do so to allow the internet user to decline his deposit just as easily. It took several clicks to refuse all cookies, as opposed to just one to accept them,” CNIL published in a statement.

“The restricted committee felt that the complexity of the opt-out mechanism actually discouraged users from opting out of cookies and encouraged them to prefer the simplicity of the ‘accept all’ button.

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“It concluded that this operation violates the freedom of consent of Internet users and violates Article 82 of the French Data Protection Code, since at the time of the online investigation carried out, it was not as easy to refuse cookies as it was to accept them in June 2021 and until the implementation of a Decline All button in February 2022,” she added.

What are cookies?

According to Kaspersky, cookies help web developers to provide users with more personal and convenient website visits. Cookies allow websites to remember you, your website logins, shopping carts and more. While this might seem helpful, the cybersecurity company also described them as a treasure trove of private information that criminals can spy on.

*Compiled by Devina Haripersad

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