The recommendation was made by a top advisor to France’s data protection authority, the Commission Nationale Informatique & Libertés.
One of the chief advisors to France’s data protection authority, Francois Pellegrini, shared the recommendation that Apple should pay a fine of 6 million euros.
Pellegrini made this recommendation to the CNIL (Commission Nationale Informatique & Libertés) after an investigation pointed to violations of user privacy.
For this adviser, Apple should have explicitly asked users for their consent to gather personal data with the iOS 14.6 version of the operating system – indicating that the default settings allowed Apple to carry out targeted advertising campaigns.
As Reuters notes, this recommendation by Pellegrini does not mean that the CNIL will actually pass a fine on the ‘Apple Company’, but is a sign that the data protection authority may consider this option more seriously.
For its part, Apple says that the amount of the fine should be reduced due to the “lack of seriousness” of the case, also calling for the price to be paid for this violation not to be made public.