France fines TikTok $5.4 million for online tracking flaws

France has fined TikTok 5 million euros ($5.4 million) over deficiencies linked to the handling of the online tracking short video platform known as “cookies”, which the ByteDance-owned company said it has now addressed.

France’s data protection watchdog CNIL said its investigations only related to the tiktok website and not the service’s most widely used smartphone apps. CNIL found that for tiktok users, it was not as easy to reject online trackers as to accept them. Familiar with TikTok’s use of cookies.

“These findings relate to past practices we addressed last year, including making it easier to refuse non-essential cookies and providing additional information about the purposes of some cookies,” a TikTok spokesperson said. “CNIL itself highlighted our cooperation during the investigation, User privacy remains a top priority for TikTok.”

Under EU rules, websites must explicitly ask for internet users’ prior consent to any use of cookies – small pieces of data that are stored as you navigate the web.

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