Use of Cookies and other Tracking Technologies on Websites and Apps

Wed Sep 30 2020

In April, Brokers Ireland advised members of Guidance that the Data Protection Commission had published on the use of cookies and other tracking technologies on websites and mobile phone Apps.  We also held a webinar for members which included this topic in August and we recently added Guidance on the use of Cookies and other Tracking Technologies on Websites and Apps for members to our website (in the members Section/Compliance Support/GDPR).

The DPC stated in its Guidance that it would allow a six month implementation period from its publication in April for data controllers to bring their products, including websites and mobile apps, into compliance, after which enforcement action will commence ie. the 6th of October 2020

Background

In April 2020, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) published Guidance on the use of cookies and other tracking technologies by data controllers. The Guidance was published along with a Report which detailed the DPC’s findings from its examination between August and December 2019 across a range of sectors, including insurance, on the use of cookies and similar technologies by a selection of website operators.

The purpose of this examination was to determine data controllers’ compliance with both the GDPR and the ePrivacy Regulations. In particular, the examination sought to establish what types of cookies are placed on the browsing equipment of users of the controllers’ websites; whether users’ GDPR-compliant consent is gained in order to place these cookies, and whether the controllers provide users with the appropriate information prior to placing cookies on their browsing equipment.

The Guidance resulted from the deficiencies identified by the DPC in the Report. The Guidance clarified the law applicable to the use of cookies and similar technologies and, amongst other things, explains the requirements around consent (including how it should be obtained in practice), the use of cookies and the extent to which their use may be exempt from the requirement to obtain consent.

With the 6th of October deadline fast approaching, members should promptly review their use of cookies and similar technologies to ensure that they are in compliance with their legal obligations.


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