China’s TikTok has been hit with a 5 million euros ($5.4 million) fine by France’s data regulator.
The country’s watchdog, CNIL, has punished the short video platform over its handling of online tracking files known as “cookies”, which the ByteDance-owned company said it had now addressed.
The CNIL stressed that its investigation only concerned the website tiktok.com and not the service’s much more heavily used smartphone applications.
The body found that for tiktok.com’s users, it was not as easy to refuse online trackers as to accept them. The authority also found that internet users were not sufficiently informed about TikTok’s use of the cookies.
“These findings relate to past practices that we addressed last year, including making it easier to reject non-essential cookies and providing additional information about the purposes of certain cookies,” a spokesperson for TikTok said.
“The CNIL itself highlighted our cooperation during the course of the investigation and user privacy remains a top priority for TikTok,” the spokesperson added.
They should also make it easy to refuse them, according to the EU’s rules.
- Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara