On October 2014 the French Data Protection Authority (the CNIL) conducted an online audits to ascertain companies’ compliance with French cookie rules. As a result of that audit activity on June 30, 2015 the CNIL issued a press release stating that it has sent a “lettre de mise en demeure“ (formal letter of enforcement) to approximately 20 companies requesting them to comply with the cookie rules in France. The CNIL states that “the audits allowed us to realize that, generally speaking, websites do not inform sufficiently the users and do not gather their consent before installing cookies]
The lettre de mise en demeure is not a sanction but it can be the first step of a sanction, if the company that received the letter do not comply within the deadline.
For more information, contact Francesca Giannoni-Crystal