The Cnil, guardian of the private life of the French, sanctioned the American giant with a fine of 60 million euros for not having allowed to simply refuse the ” cookies on its Bing search engine, according to a statement released Thursday.
This is the most important amendment pronounced in 2022 by the Cnil, which announced last year a campaign of checks against sites that do not respect the rules on these web cookies and had already pinned Google, Facebook and Amazon on this subject. .
The committee’s restricted panel also ordered Microsoft to change its practices on the site ” bing.com » within three months, under penalty of having to pay a fine of 60,000 euros per day of delay.
The company is first sanctioned because French users of its Bing search engine cannot, until March 29, refuse all ” cookies without going through tedious configuration.
The Cnil also identified the installation of two cookies without the consent of Internet users, while they served advertising purposes.
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For these breaches related to the European ePrivacy directive transposed into French law in the Data Protection Act, the Cnil could impose a fine of up to 2% of worldwide turnover.
In its press release, the CNIL justified the amount of the fine ” by the scope of the (data) processing, by the number of data subjects and by the profits that the company derives from the advertising revenue generated from the data generated by the cookies “.
The search giant Google and the social network Facebook had been sanctioned at the end of December 2021 by the Cnil with fines of 150 and 60 million euros respectively for similar breaches.
Google and Amazon were also sanctioned at the end of 2020 for failing to inform users about the ” cookies “.