CookieLaw Blog February 9, 2016

Facebook Cookies Browser Settings and the CNIL

France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has sent Facebook a formal notice that it is in breach of a number of provisions of French data protection law, and is facing significant fines if it does not make changes to its practice within three months.

This follows a similar action from their Belgian counterparts towards the end of last year, where the social media giant made changes to functionality in Belgium to comply.  However, the CNIL appears to have gone much further in its actions, ruling not just on cookies but the transfer of data to the USA via the now defunct Safe Harbor mechanism, and perhaps most significantly its core advertising practices upon which the vast majority of its revenue is based.

A full analysis of the ruling is too big for a single blog, so I am going to focus on one of the key aspects, but you can view the entire ruling in English here.

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