Regulators Take Five EU Countries to Court for Failing to Implement Cookie Law

Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia face massive fines for not protecting consumers' privacy
By Jennifer Baker
News Jun 2nd 2012

Europe's top regulatory authority is taking five E.U. countries to court for failing to implement so-called cookie laws.

The European Commission announced on Thursday that it has asked the European Court of Justice to impose fines on Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia for not transposing binding telecoms rules into their national laws. The official deadline for doing so was May 25 last year.

These telecoms rules are aimed at protecting users' privacy online. They also require companies to notify users about any data breach without undue delay and to allow customers to switch fixed or mobile phone operators without changing their phone number, within one working day.