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Dutch DPA: Forcing users to agree to ‘cookies’ violates GDPR

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 14, 2019

The Dutch Data Protection Authority announced on 7 March that giving visitors access to websites only if they agree to their internet browsing activities being tracked by so-called “cookies” or other tracking software does not comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Also known as the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (AP), the Dutch Data Protection Authority said it has received dozens of complaints from website visitors who were unable to access the web pages they wanted after refusing to accept being tracked by cookies.

In a translated statement, AP Chairman Aleid Wolfsen said, “The digital tracking and recording of surfing behavior on the Internet via tracking software or other digital methods is one of the largest processing of personal data because almost everyone is active on the Internet. To protect privacy, it is therefore...

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