We wanted to know more about the status of the GDPR legislation in Belgium in 2022. Although the European “GDPR” legislation is more than 4 years old, still 2/3 of the Belgian companies are not compliant!

To carry out this study, we worked in collaboration with the law firm Lexing, which specialized in technology law. If you are interested in the subject and want to know more about how companies have managed to adapt their practices regarding the GDPR legislation, or not, we invite you to download our white paper on the topic.. You can choose to either download the study in its French version:

Livre Blanc RGPD Belgique

Or you can choose to download the white paper in its Dutch version:

GDPR White Paper


Cookies and how GDPR changes things for websites

One of the most important provisions is the supervision of the use of cookies. For four years now, both European and Belgian law states that the use of cookies requires the prior, informed, free, and unambiguous consent of Internet users. This can be done using banners, the “banner cookies”, but not only.

In case of failure and non-compliance with these provisions, companies are exposed to significant financial penalties. Under the GDPR, it is expected that penalties of up to 4% of the global turnover of the group to which the company belongs.

Companies still lag behind in Belgium

To arrive at this white paper, we based ourselves on the “Top 5000” of Trends magazine and selected 100 websites of large companies located in Belgium.

In order to get a clearer picture of the situation in the kingdom, we defined four degrees of GDPR compliance, ranging from “fully compliant” to “not at all compliant“. Approximately 66% of the sites we analyzed have not installed sufficient controls and safeguards. This is even though the study conducted by Lexing and Universem shows that 86% of the websites analyzed have a cookie banner.