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FRANCE: Lessons From the CNIL’s First Wave of Cookies Enforcement Audits

Written by Carol Umhoefer Half of all audits resulted in the issuance of cease-and-desists. In the fall of 2014, the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) started auditing compliance with its 2013 cookies recommendations (available here ). The CNIL conducted 24 on-site audits and 27 online audits, as well as two hearings of website operators. Twenty-some … Continue Reading

BELGIUM – Belgian Privacy Commission publishes first official guidance on cookies

By Patrick van Eecke and Mathieu Le Boudec Almost one year after the publication of the draft version, the Belgian Privacy Commission has recently issued the final version of its recommendation regarding the use of cookies (which can be consulted through the following links in Dutch language or in French language). The extensive document (over … Continue Reading

THE NETHERLANDS: New Cookie Legislation Entered Into Effect

Written by Richard van Schaik and Róbin de Wit Today, the amendments to the current Dutch cookies regulation in Article 11.7a Telecommunications Act (TA) entered into force. In short, amendments provide for: 1. An additional exception to the required prior informed consent rule for the placement of cookies and similar software. This means that both cookies … Continue Reading

EUROPE: European cookie sweep results published: average of 34.6 cookies per website.

By Patrick Van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn Article 29 Working Party, the European data protection advisory body, has published its report on the ‘cookie sweep’ that was carried out in September last year in partnership with data protection authorities and other regulators across 8 Member States (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, … Continue Reading

FRANCE: What You Need to Know About the CNIL’s New Online Investigative Powers and Enforcement Goals

Written by Carol Umhoefer and Jeanne Dauzier November 16, 2014 Earlier this year we reported on the new online investigative powers of the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) (See blog post here: FRANCE: The CNIL Gets New Online Investigative Powers). Whereas before CNIL agents could only conduct on-site inspections, since March 2014 they are … Continue Reading

Big Data, Big Privacy Issues

By Patrick Van Eecke & Mathieu Le Boudec Last week, a resolution on big data was adopted under the auspices of the 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (hereafter: “ICDPPC”). After earlier guiding documents released this year by, among others, the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the Information … Continue Reading

FRANCE: Cookies Sweep Day Is Here

September 18, 2014 The CNIL announced today that it is conducting its Cookies Sweep today and tomorrow (September 18-19). The CNIL will review 100 French websites and will check the following: the number and type of cookies set on the website users’ devices; the way website users are informed about cookies; the visibility and quality … Continue Reading


Written By Carol Umhoefer, Jeanne Dauzier and Mathilde Hallé Starting in October, France’s Data Protection Authority (the CNIL) will verify compliance with its December 2013 Recommendation on the use of cookies and tracking technologies. The CNIL’s inspections will follow “cookies sweep day,” planned to take place the week of September 15, 2014, during which European … Continue Reading

ITALY: New Rules on cookies and Internet Profiling

Written by Giangiacomo Olivi June 4, 2014 After a long public consultation process, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, “Garante”) finally issued its decision on the “simplified information notice and cookie consent” (“Cookie Decision”). With the Cookie Decision, the Garante clarifies the distinction between technical and profiling cookies. To … Continue Reading

DLA Launches New Edition of Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook

DLA Piper’s Data Protection & Privacy group are delighted to announce the launch of the third edition of the Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook – a great way to celebrate Data Protection Day! This edition is particularly exciting as it is available via our new online site, which has a number of new … Continue Reading


The Privacy Commission recently updated its recommendation n°4/2009 on direct marketing with a new recommendation (n°02/2013), in order to align its views with recent changes in the legal landscape. The new recommendation for instance now clearly refers to the use of cookies in a direct marketing context, stating that the explicit consent of the recipient … Continue Reading


DLA Piper has published the second edition of its Data Protection Laws of the World reference guide, expanding the handbook’s scope to cover 12 key features of the privacy laws of 63 countries that affect our clients. Data Protection Laws of the World is searchable by country and by subject matter. View or download the handbook here.… Continue Reading

How the EU Has Implemented the New Privacy Directive on Cookies

The European Union’s E-Privacy Directive has been in effect since May, and many jurisdictions across the EU are already tackling its implementation. Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands and Spain have all taken action regarding the Directive. Moreover, the Article 29 Working Party recently adopted an opinion addressing the meaning of “cookie consent … Continue Reading