CNIL fines Carrefour for breaches to the GDPR
On November 26, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority CNIL announced it had issued fines on Carrefour and Carrefour Bank for failing to obtain users’ consent before setting advertising cookies.
Moreover, the CNIL held that Carrefour Bank had also failed to provide adequate and complete information on its website regarding a ‘pass card’ online subscription.
It therefore sanctioned Carrefour France with a fine of €2,250,000 and Carrefour Banque with a fine of €800,000.
On the other hand, the CNIL did not issue an injunction as significant efforts has been made to correct processes and bring identified breaches into compliance.
Failed to collect valid consent to cookies
The CNIL noted that, when a user connects to the carrefour.fr site or the carrefour-banque.fr site, several cookies were automatically placed on the user’s device (computer/phone), before any action was taken on the site.
Several of these cookies are used for advertising, however the user’s consent should have been collected before placing the tracking cookies.
The companies have later modified the way their websites function during the procedure. No advertising cookies are now deposited before the user has given their consent.
How to collect valid consent to cookies
Cookies from abovementioned services all collect your users’ personal data for processing. Therefore, using these types of cookies requires you to collect a consent which meets the requirement of recital 32 in the GDPR.
When it comes to informing users about cookies, obtaining and storing valid consents, you should use a certified Consent Management Platform.
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