EU to take legal action targeting Belgian privacy regulator
The European Commission will take legal action against Belgium following complaints that its data protection regulator does not meet the EU’s independence requirements, according to three people with knowledge of the process.
The legal action, formally known as an infringement procedure, will be announced Wednesday, the individuals said. The proceedings are a response to anonymous complaints filed last year, which claimed that the Belgian privacy regulator’s ability to act independently is compromised because several of its members are also affiliated with the government.
The EU’s privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), requires regulators to be independent of government.