Amendment submitted to relax Netherlands' Cookie Law

Last week Members of Parliament from the D66 (Liberal democratic party) submitted a proposal in Parliament to amend the Netherlands’ strict cookie laws.


The core of the proposal is that first-party tracking cookies would require an "informed consent" approach, instead of the currently required explicit opt-in. The condition is that a website’s general privacy policy or cookie policy must state the use of first-party tracking cookies, that the data collected can only be used in aggregate form, and that there is a possibility to 'opt-out' (possibly through the provider of the analytics service). 

This amendment would may of the cookie implementation problems in the Netherlands. The amendment would also imply a large step towards aligning with other EU countries’ cookie laws.


Earlier this week (11/27) Minister Kamp (Economic Affairs) indicated he will respond to the proposal before the end of the year. Several stakeholders are preparing a joint response to the Ministry, as their objective is to ensure that OPTA does not proceed with enforcement of the cookie laws starting in January 2013 while the interpretation of the law is under political discussion.

You can read more about the proposal here:

(in English)

(in Dutch)