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Fines for Breaches of Cookies Regulations Amounting to Almost CZK 4.5 Million

Fines for Breaches of Cookies Regulations Amounting to Almost CZK 4.5 Million

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Since the beginning of this year, the Personal Data Protection Office has issued fines of almost CZK 4,500,000 for breaches of the GDPR in connection with the processing of personal data via cookies.

According to the Personal Data Protection Office, the most common or most significant breaches include:

1) saving so-called non-technical cookies on users’ devices without their consent (for this offence the Personal Data Protection Office has imposed the highest fine of CZK 898,000);

2) deficiencies in consent to the processing of personal data (in particular, insufficient information to users about the processing);

3) insufficient information about cookies (insufficient classification of particular cookies or information available only in English);

4) the impossibility or significant complication of withdrawing the consent with the processing of personal data via cookies;

5) placing the option to “consent” or “not consent” to the use of cookies in different layers within the cookie bar;

6) the cookie bar is either unresponsive or insufficiently responsive to individual settings for the processing of personal data via cookies.

We have extensive experience with cookies and the processing of personal data. If you need assistance with cookies settings on your website, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to provide you with legal assistance.

By Matyas Kuzela, Partner, and Tomas Zwinger, Lawyer, Act Legal

Czech Republic Knowledge Partner

PRK Partners, one of the leading Central European law firms, has been helping clients achieve their business objectives almost 30 years. Our team of lawyers, based in our Prague, Ostrava, and Bratislava offices, has a unique knowledge of Czech and Slovak law and of the business environment. Our lawyers studied at top law schools in the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland and elsewhere. They also have experience working for leading international and domestic law firms in a number of jurisdictions. We speak your language, too. Our legal team is fluent in more than 15 languages, including all the key languages of the region.

PRK Partners has one of the most experienced legal teams on the market. We are consistently rated as one of the leading law firms in the region. We have received many significant honours and awards for our work. We represent the interests of international clients operating in the Czech Republic in an efficient way, combining local knowledge with an understanding of their global requirements in a business-friendly approach. We are one of the largest law firms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Our specialised teams of lawyers and tax advisors advise major global corporations as well as local companies. We provide comprehensive legal advice drawing on our profound knowledge of local law and markets.

Our legal advice delivers tangible results – as proven by our strong track record. We are the only Czech member firm of Lex Mundi, the world's leading network of independent law firms. As one of the leading law firms in the region, we have received many national and international awards, in some cases several years in a row. Honours include the Chambers Europe Award for Excellence, The Lawyer and Czech and Slovak Law Firm of the Year. Thanks to our close cooperation with leading international law firms and strong local players, we can serve clients in multiple jurisdictions around the globe. Our strong network means that we can meet your needs, wherever you do business.

PRK Partners has been repeatedly voted among the most socially responsible firms in the category of small and mid-sized firms and was awarded the bronze certificate at the annual TOP Responsible Firm of the Year Awards.

Our work is not only “business”: we have participated on a longstanding basis in a wide variety of pro bono projects and supported our partners from the non-profit sector (Kaplicky Centre Endowment Fund, Tereza Maxová Foundation, Czech Donors Forum, etc.).

Firm's website: www.prkpartners.com

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