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Spain: Fine of EUR 30,000 against Twit­ter (coo­kies wit­hout consent)

The Spa­nish Data Pro­tec­tion Agen­cy (“AEPD”) fined Twit­ter, Inc. EUR 30,000 in a decis­i­on dated June 9, 2020. Twit­ter had vio­la­ted coo­kie regu­la­ti­ons (Art. 22.1 of the Spa­nish Ley 34/2002, de 11 de julio, de ser­vici­os de la socie­dad de la infor­mación y de comer­cio elec­tró­ni­co, i.e. the Spa­nish imple­men­ta­ti­on of the Coo­kie Direc­ti­ve), in par­ti­cu­lar by

  • Twitter’s coo­kie ban­ner assu­med con­sent through con­tin­ued use of Twit­ter and did not include a link to opt-out of coo­kies or to manage­ment and con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on options;
  • Coo­kies (inclu­ding adver­ti­sing coo­kies and for Goog­le Ana­ly­tics) were pla­ced as soon as a user acce­s­sed the website.

The inf­rin­ge­ment was con­side­red to be minor. The decis­i­on is here in spa­nish retrievable.

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