European Commission to take action against Belgian DPA

According to Politico, the European Commission is expected to take legal action against Belgium following complaints that its data protection regulator does not meet the EU’s independence requirements. The proceedings are a response to anonymous complaints arguing that the Belgian data protection authority (DPA)’s ability to act independently is compromised because several of its members are also affiliated with the government. Indeed, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires regulators to be independent of government. The Brussels Times reports that Belgium will be the first EU member state to be subject to this infringment procedure.