French CNIL fines Amazon Europe Core €35m for breaking cookies rules

11 December 2020 (Last Updated December 11th, 2020 17:30)

French administrative regulatory body CNIL has fined Amazon Europe Core €35m for breaching the country’s rules on advertising cookies.

French CNIL fines Amazon Europe Core €35m for breaking cookies rules
CNIL fines Amazon with €35m for breaking cookies rules. Credit: Christian Wiediger via unsplash.

French administrative regulatory body CNIL has fined Amazon Europe Core €35m for breaching the country’s rules on advertising cookies.

The regulator conducted several checks between 12 December 2019 and 19 May 2020 on amazon.fr website.

It found that cookies were automatically placed on user’s computers without prior consent and not providing enough information.

The restricted committee, who is responsible for pronouncing sanctions, identified two violations made by Amazon under Article 82 of the French Data Protection Act.

CNIL in a statement said: “The restricted group took note of the recent changes made to the amazon.fr site and in particular the fact that no more cookies are now placed before the user has given his consent.

“It nevertheless considered that the new information banner deployed still did not allow Internet users residing in France to understand that cookies are mainly used to display personalised advertising to them and that they were still not clearly informed of their possibility to refuse these cookies.

“Therefore, in addition to the administrative fine, the restricted formation also adopted an injunction under penalty so that the company informs people in accordance with Article 82 of the Data Protection Act within three months from the notification of the decision.

“Otherwise, the company will be exposed to the payment of a fine of €100,000 per day of delay.”