GDPR Privacy FAQs: Which supervisory authorities have released guidance on compliance with European cookie laws?

November 22, 2019

So far, the German, French and British supervisory authorities have released guidance specifically addressing cookies in 2019.  The German guidance was published in April 2019 and is available here.1  The French guidance was finalized on July 18, 2019 and is available (in French) here.2  The UK guidance was published on July 3, 2019 and is available here.3  Finally, it should be noted that the Dutch supervisory authority issued a clarification in March 2019 concerning the prohibition on “cookie walls,” available here (in Dutch).4


This article is part of a multi-part series published by BCLP to help companies understand and implement the General Data Protection Regulation, the California Consumer Privacy Act and other privacy statutes.  You can find more information on the CCPA in BCLP’s California Consumer Privacy Act Practical Guide, and more information about the GDPR in the American Bar Association’s The EU GDPR: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions.


1. https://deutschland.taylorwessing.com/de/documents/get/1820/guidance-from-german-authorities-for-telemedia-providers-partial-translation.PDF_show_on_screen

2. https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000038783337

3. https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/cookies-and-similar-technologies/.

4. https://autoriteitpersoonsgegevens.nl/nl/nieuws/websites-moeten-toegankelijk-blijven-bij-weigeren-tracking-cookies.

This document provides a general summary and is for information/educational purposes only. It is not intended to be comprehensive, nor does it constitute legal advice. Specific legal advice should always be sought before taking or refraining from taking any action.