Cookies: the Cnil condemned Microsoft to 60 million euros

This year, the trees of the tech giants will be full of small legal gifts, with a new conviction pronounced by the Cnil, the most important for this year 2022.

A record fine of 60 million euros for 2022

The lucky beneficiary is none other than Microsoft, which receives a fine of 60 million euros for not allowing cookies to be refused on its Bing search engine.

This sanction is part of a vast campaign of controls, carried out against sites with little regard for French legislation (or the RGPD), in particular at the level of cracking. Just to be perfectly fair, she has also singled out Google, Facebook and Amazon on these same points. At the end of December 2021, the first two had been sanctioned with 150 and 60 million euros respectively for similar breaches.

AND in practice?

In detail, Redmond was sanctioned because French Bing users can only refuse all cookies out of hand by using a configuration rather complex to set up. We had to wait until March 29 to be able to do so. On further digging, the Commission discovered two cookies that have been saved without the consent of Internet usersand this, while they served advertising purposes.

The Cnil therefore considered that these were breaches related to the European ePrivacy Directive (which has been transposed into the Data Protection Act). Legally, it could therefore impose a fine of up to 2% of worldwide turnover. In its press release, it therefore explained its choice as a tenant account of the scope of the (data) processing, by the number of data subjects and by the benefits that the company derives from the advertising revenue generated from the data provided by the cookies.

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