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Spain: AEPD fines Vueling Airlines €30,000 for cookies violations

The Spanish data protection authority ('AEPD') published, on 7 June 2022, its decision in Proceeding No. EXP202103886, in which it imposed a fine of €30,000, which was subsequently reduced to €18,000, on Vueling Airlines S.A., for violation of Article 22(2) of the Law No. 34/2002, of 11 July 2002, on Information Society Services and Electronic Commerce ('LSSI'), following a complaint submitted by an individual.

Background to the decision

In particular, the AEPD outlined that, according to the complaint, when accessing Vueling's website, users could not reject cookies, nor could they purchase tickets without accepting the sending of commercial communications and promotions.

Findings of the AEPD

Further to the above, the AEPD found that the Vueling's shortcomings in relation to the use of cookies on its website constituted a violation of Article 22(2) of the LSSI.

Outcomes

In light of the above, the AEPD imposed on Vueling the aforementioned fine, which was subsequently reduced to €18,000 following Vueling's admission of guilt and the voluntary payment of the fine.

You can read the decision, only available in Spanish, here.