Termination of the injunction against AMAZON

21 July 2021

By a decision dated 8 July 2021, the CNIL’s restricted committee closed the injunction issued against AMAZON EUROPE CORE on 7 December 2020.

On 7 December 2020, in addition to fining them 35 million euros, the CNIL’s restricted committee enjoined AMAZON EUROPE CORE, within three months, to inform the data subjects in advance and in a clear and complete manner, for example on the information banner on the home page of the “amazon.fr” website:

  • of the purposes of all cookies subject to consent,
  • of the means available to them to refuse them.

In view of the answers provided by AMAZON EUROPE CORE within the time limit set and considering that they have complied with the injunction it had issued, the restricted committee decided to close the procedure on 8 July 2021.

This closure relates only to the scope of the injunction issued by the restricted committee in its deliberation of 7 December 2020.

When the case was referred to it before the end of the adaptation period allowed to those involved by the CNIL, the restricted ommittee did not examine the compliance of the information banner provided on the site “amazon.fr” with the new rules on cookies, particularly concerning consent, which are clarified by the guidelines and the recommendation of 17 September 2020.

This closure decision does not therefore prejudice the CNIL’s analysis of amazon.fr’s compliance with these requirements, according to which the user must now be able to refuse cookies as easily as he or she can accept them. CNIL now reserves the right to monitor these refusal methods and, if necessary, to mobilise its entire enforcement chain.


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