The Verdict against Planet49
The CJEU (Court of Justice of the European Union), in its judgment in the highly anticipated case against German lottery business Planet49 GmbH confirms:
Link: Case against Planet49
This is regardless of whether or not the data collected can be considered the user’s data.
When websites ask for users’ consent to cookies, the tick-boxes for specific cookie purposes (e.g., functional, statistic, marketing cookies) may not be pre-ticked in favor of data collection.
The CJEU is clear on that topic: pre-ticked boxes in cookie pop-ups are not considered consent.
ePrivacy to protect internet users’ online privacy
Today, the ruling aims to protect citizens’ online privacy, particularly from the risk that their data and personal data are collected and processed without their knowledge and consent.
The Court notes that consent must be specific so that the fact that a user selects the button to participate in a promotional lottery is not sufficient for it to be concluded that the user validly gave consent to the storage of cookies.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has clearly confirmed the fundamental elements of valid cookie consent. Consent must be:
- informed (including duration of the operation of cookies and whether or not third parties may have access to those cookies);
- an affirmative action (no opt-out); specific (not coupled with other manifestations of the user will, e.g., to participate in a promotional lottery);
- and its application regardless of whether or not the user’s information that is accessed and/or stored can be considered personal data.
How to ensure your cookie consent pop-up collects valid consent
To collect an active – and valid – cookie consent, you must ensure that your cookie consent pop-up is set to:
- Investigate which cookies your website uses
- Collect and store your website users’ cookie consent
- Ensure boxes for specific cookies are un-ticked
- Make sure users can reject cookies (being tracked)
The new verdict will apply to all European websites.
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