france tiktok fined: France fined TikTok $5.4 million for online tracking flaws

France fined TikTok 5 million euros ($5.4 million) on Thursday over deficiencies linked to the handling of the online tracking short video platform known as “cookies,” which the ByteDance-owned company said it has now addressed.

France’s data protection watchdog CNIL said its investigation only concerned and not the service’s most-used smartphone apps.

CNIL found that for users, it was not as easy to reject online trackers as to accept them. The authority also found that netizens were not sufficiently aware of TikTok’s use of cookies.

“These findings relate to past practices we addressed last year, including making it easier to refuse non-essential cookies and providing additional information about the purposes of some cookies,” a TikTok spokesperson said.

“Our cooperation was highlighted by CNIL itself during the investigation, and user privacy remains a top priority for TikTok,” the spokesperson added.

Under EU rules, websites must explicitly ask for internet users’ prior consent to any use of cookies – small pieces of data that are stored as you navigate the web.

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They must also facilitate their refusal, according to EU rules.

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