Monday, 06 April 2015
The Privacy Protection Commission could soon give fines to companies and individuals that violate privacy laws. A legislative text authorising it should be drawn up before the end of the year, according to Saturday’s De Morgen. Negotiations at European level are currently underway. They should soon allow the national commissions in charge of privacy to hand out fines.
According to the State Secretary concerned, Bart Tommelein (Open Vld), a consensus has been found, and the Privacy Protection Commission could soon act as a regulator, like those that already exist for telecommunications and energy. The Commission would then be able to hand out fines to those who don’t abide by the rules.
The method and amounts are not yet known.
In the interview he gave to De Morgen, Bart Tommelein said that he didn’t exclude the possibility of the government selling certain anonymous citizen data for scientific research.