C041 Google Ireland Limited

Online & Mobile tracking

Filing DPA

CNIL (France)

Controller

Google Ireland Limited

Case status

Lost
Filed: Closed: (1 year 9 months)

noyb launched further action against Google’s AAID (Android Advertising Identifier), following similar complaints against Apple’s IDFA. The somewhat hidden ID allows Google and all apps on the phone to track a user and combine information about online and mobile behaviour. While these trackers clearly require the users’ consent (as known from “cookie banners”), Google neglects this legal requirement. noyb therefore filed a complaint against Google’s tracking code AAID.

Protocol

Date Summary
08.03.2023
CNIL dismesses the complaint

On 8.3.2023, the CNIL rejected the complaint based on 3 arguments:
1. the AAID is automatically installed by the operating system, it is therefore not a "storage" under the meaning of 5.3 ePrivacy;
2. based on Google submissions, Google does not "access" the AAID;
3. third parties accessing the AAID should ask for consent, this is not on Google.

28.02.2023
Update request
13.05.2022
Update request and response
06.04.2021
Complaint filing

Following similar complaints against Apple's IDFA, noyb launched further action against Google's AAID (Android Advertising Identifier) in France. The somewhat hidden ID, generated by the operating system, allows Google and all apps on the phone to track a user and combine information about online and mobile behaviour. While these trackers clearly require the users consent (as known from "cookie banners"), Google neglects this legal requirement. noyb therefore assisted a French citizen in filing a complaint against Google's tracking code AAID. The complaint argues the violation of Art. 82 Loi informatique et libertes, the French provision transposing Art. 5(3) e-Privacy in the national legal order.