• For the first time in Belgium, a website has been severely punished for the non-compliant use of cookies

For the first time in Belgium, a website has been severely punished for the non-compliant use of cookies

22 January 2020

On 17 December 2019, the Data Protection Authority (DPA) sanctioned a website for the non-compliance of its cookie policy with privacy regulations, namely the GDPR.

Jube.be, the website in question, is managed by an SME specialising in legal information.

After having carried out an investigation of this website on its own initiative (in the absence of any complaint from a third party), the DPA concluded that it did not comply with the rules set out in the GDPR with regard to consent and transparency of information.

The fine imposed on the website in question amounts to no less than EUR 15,000, which seems colossal for a small SME. This is all the more true as the company in question had taken the necessary measures to regularise its breaches of the GDPR after being questioned on this subject by the Authority, but this was too late according to the DPA, which stated in its decision that the company should have provided correct information from the outset.

With this decision, the DPA is making it clear that it will not spare any company, regardless of its size and activity. Quite apparently, this first decision is far from being the last and it should encourage all companies to comply with the law on the protection of personal data.

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