The French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) announced on February 4th that it has sent letters emails to approx. 300 organizations to remind them about the new cookie rules and the need to audit sites and apps to comply with those rules by March 31, 2021.
The reason is that CNIL updated its cookie guidelines in October 2020 and companies were given 6 months to comply with the new cookie guidelines.
If you have a French website (.fr) or a website in French we recommend that you make sure that your cookie pop-up and policy complies with the French rules before April 1st. CNIL has announced that it will carry out inspections to enforce the Guidelines after that transition period.
Some of the most important things to look for when reviewing your cookie compliance: