The European Court of Justice fines Spain 15 million euros

Brussels, Feb 25 (AFP/APP): The European Court of Justice fined Spain 15 million euros ($18.3 million) on Thursday for failing to transfer EU data protection rules into its own laws.

Spain will also face a daily ongoing penalty of 89,540 euros for each day it fails to do so. Member states had until May 6, 2018 to transfer into law a 2016 European directive on the protection of web user’s personal data in criminal investigations.

But Spain did not and received a warning letter in July 2018 and January 2019. The European Commission lodged a legal complaint and on Thursday the ECJ ruled that Spain had not fulfilled its obligations. During the period in question, Spain’s governments were struggling to form a parliamentary majority and to pass the necessary legislation.

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