Cookie fines for Google and Amazon

by Helen Naylor, December 2020

The French ICO (CNIL) has fined Google £91m and Amazon £32m for failing to comply with French data protection law when placing advertising cookies on site visitors’ computers. It said they had not given sufficiently clear information to visitors nor did they obtain adequate consent to use those tracking cookies.

This is perhaps a timely reminder that the UK ICO updated its approach and guidance last year about use of non-essential cookies. It means that:

• Any non-essential cookies need the specific consent of the user. Consent to use non-essential cookies cannot be bundled with other necessary cookies.
• Consent should be given before the cookies are set. This means that a website should be designed not to set cookies on a user’s device until they have given consent.
• Information regarding the cookies in use, including a description of what they do, should be easily available to users.

You can find out more about cookie compliance requirements on the ICO website - or let us at Roxburgh Milkins Limited know if you need any assistance

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