Ireland-based Apple Distribution International allegedly did not collect the consent of iPhone's French users (iOS 14.6 version) before depositing and writing identifiers used for advertising purposes on their terminals.
"When a user visited the App Store, identifiers used for several purposes, including personalization of ads on the App Store, were by default automatically read on the terminal without obtaining consent," The French data protection authority (CNIL) said that Apple automatically.
Since these identifiers are not necessary for the provision of the App Store, they must not be read and deposited without prior consent.
CNIL also pointed out that users had to go to lengths to deactivate this setting since this option was not included in the initialization process of the phone.
CNIL decided to fine Apple $8.4 million for breaching the French Data Protection Act.
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