Cnil launches public consultation on data processing applications

Whether you’re a researcher, design bureau, or even a knowledgeable person: CNIL wants to hear from you. The digital policeman shows great interest in the collection and processing of personal data by mobile applications. As part of its 2022-2024 strategic plan, Cnil wants to make data flows more visible “and strengthen the compliance of mobile apps and their ecosystems to better protect user privacy,” she elaborates in a statement.

Through this approach, the Commission hopes to better measure the impact of its regulatory choices on various actors. For example, on January 18, mobile game publisher Voodoo was fined three million euros for using its users’ data for advertising purposes, despite their refusal. On January 13, TikTok was fined five million euros for similar reasons: the social network did not allow its users to refuse cookies on their terminal as easily as accepting them. Even web giant Apple was fined eight million euros by Cnil in early January for not obtaining the prior consent of French iPhone users to use their personal identifiers for advertising purposes.

“Economic Study of the Ecosystem”

Therefore, to advance in their thinking, CNIL encourages researchers in economics, management, information technology, or related disciplines; but the invitation also extends to economic actors themselves, including “interest groups active in the field.” Design bureaus, consulting firms, public authorities and even individuals “with experience in this matter” are also invited. The organization specifically asks for numbers, case studies and case studies, “especially if they are not already available in open source.” All contributions to the CNIL are covered by professional secrecy, she clarifies.

In its press release, the Commission emphasizes that this call “applies only to the economic study of the ecosystem” and is not an industry study. As such, Cnil does not seek to collect “fees for specific legal or compliance aspects” for which it says it has other tools.

To participate, you can fill out the form available at this link; or complete a written contribution at the following address: Public and synthetic restitution will then be published, followed by draft recommendations in the second quarter of 2023, from which all legal points can be discussed. The call is open until the evening of 10 February.

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