Rules on cookies
The Belgian Institute of Postal Services and Telecommunications (“BIPT/IBPT”) monitors compliance by businesses with the Law of 13 June 2005 on electronic communications, together with the Data Protection Authority. The Electronic Communications Act of 13 June was amended in 2012, 2014 and 2017, notably to implement the modified EU regulatory framework for telecommunications.
Although the website did ask for consent, the consent obtained was not sufficiently explicit. According to the DPA, cookies should be categorised for users to consent autonomously and to be able to choose to consent only to a particular type of cookies. There was no easy way to withdraw consent.
The DPA confirmed that its intent in this action is to set an example for strictly enforcing cookie violations in the future.