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Belgium: IAB Europe files appeal against Belgian DPA decision

Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe ('IAB Europe') confirmed, on 4 March 2022, that it will appeal the Belgian Data Protection Authority's ('Belgian DPA') decision on the IAB Transparency and Consent Framework ('TCF') to the Belgian Market Court, in which the Belgian DPA imposed a fine of €250,000 on IAB Europe for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) ('GDPR'). In particular, IAB Europe noted that it disputes the allegation that it acts as a controller for the recording of TC Strings (the digital signals created to capture data subjects' choices on how their personal data can be processed), and as a joint controller for the dissemination of TC Strings and other data processing done by TCF participants under the OpenRTB protocol.

Moreover, IAB Europe added that the appeal includes a request for suspension of the execution of the decision, which would pause all orders of the Belgian DPA until a decision on the merits is rendered by the Belgian Market Court. Lastly, IAB Europe noted that it will communicate on the outcome of the request for suspension in the next few weeks.

You can read the press release here.