TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance, was fined $5.41 million (€5 million) by the French government on Thursday for issues related to the platform’s management of internet tracking via “cookies.”
The French data protection authority CNIL stated it was only looking into tiktok.com, not the service’s more popular smartphone apps.
The CNIL discovered that users of tiktok.com had a more difficult time rejecting web trackers than they did accept them. The regulatory body also noted that TikTok’s cookie usage was not made clear to website visitors.
A representative for TikTok said, “These results pertain to historical practices that we addressed last year, including making it easier to reject non-essential cookies and providing greater information about the aims of specific cookies.”
“The CNIL itself highlighted our cooperation during the inquiry and user privacy remains a primary priority for TikTok,” the spokeswoman continued.
If a website wants to utilize cookies, which are little text files saved on a user’s browser while they browse the Web, they must have their users’ explicit agreement beforehand, according to regulations enacted by the European Union.