The Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (“AP”), also known as the Dutch Data Protection Authority, will receive €500,000 extra funding in the coming years that must be used specifically to monitor cookies and online tracking.

In a letter to the House of Representatives, the State Secretary wrote that the Dutch Data Protection Authority will be awarded the amount of € 500, 000 per year commencing in 2024 and will be provided for 2025 and 2026.

This budget is in addition to the extra budget that was promised to the Dutch Data Protection Authority on Prinsjesdag in September this year. While the Dutch Data Protection Authority already supervises this from a General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) perspective, the Dutch government has long believed that the independent regulator should pay more attention to cookies and online tracking.  

The extra funding is valid until 2027; thereafter, the Dutch Data Protection Authority will receive a structural budget of €350,000 intended for publishing guidance and developing tools to make investigations easier. In doing so, the Dutch Data Protection Authority will engage and cooperate with other regulators, such as the Autoriteit Consument en Markt.

This is the second time that funding has been made available to the Dutch Data Protection Authority for an explicit task. The first time concerned the supervision of algorithms.  

Considering that cookies will be receiving more attention by Supervisory Authorities and the European Economic Data Protection Board (“EDPB”), it is imperative that organizations ensure that if using cookies, it done in a compliant manner.

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