TikTok receives a $5.4 million fine from France for improper online tracking
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- January 13, 2023
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Due to how the platform handled online monitoring or cookies, TikTok was assessed a 5 million euro punishment.
On Thursday, TikTok was fined 5 million euros ($5.4 million) by France for handling “cookies,” the online tracking technology, improperly. The ByteDance-owned company claims that it has now fixed the issue.
The much more widely used smartphone applications for the service were not included in the French data protection authority CNIL’s investigation, which primarily focused on the website tiktok.com.
The CNIL discovered that users of found it more difficult to reject internet trackers than to accept them. Additionally, the authority found that internet users were not adequately notified about TikTok’s usage of cookies.
According to a TikTok spokeswoman, “These results pertain to historical practices that we addressed last year, including making it easier to reject non-essential cookies and providing more information about the aims of particular cookies.”
The spokeswoman further stated that user privacy remained the app’s primary priority. “The CNIL itself highlighted our cooperation during the course of the inquiry,” the spokesperson said.
According to regulations set forth by the European Union, websites must expressly request internet users’ permission before using cookies, which are little data files saved when a user is browsing the Web.
The regulations of the EU state that they must also make it simple to reject them.
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