Spanish Cookie Law Fines First in EU

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law Fines, Spanish DPA, Cookie Notices | Leave Comment

The first fines specifically for cookie law compliance failures have been handed out by the Spanish Data Protection Authority.  They were given to two companies running a number of jewellery websites, one of which was an online store.

Your can find the details of the decision here (in Spanish, PDF).

It is not entirely surprising that Spain was the first country to impose fines – the DPA is known for handing out more fines than any other European data protection regulator.  There is understood to be more cases under investigation there and some are speculating that other countries may soon follow suit.

The fines were handed down primarily for a failure to properly inform visitors about the use of cookies, so we have decided to take a closer look at the guidance put out in Spain by their DPA, and what is says about requirements for cookie notices.

The key elements of the requirements can be summarised as:

There are also detailed guidelines for when and how to obtain consent, but I will leave those for another post for now.

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