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By Stephen Gardner. New Dutch law gives data protection authority new enforcement, fining powers, mandates breach notification.

Data processors operating in the Netherlands will face a significantly tougher enforcement regime starting in 2016, as well as a requirement to provide notification in the event of serious data breaches, under an amendment to the Dutch Data Protection Act that is awaiting royal approval.

The amendment, approved by the Dutch Senate May 26, empowers the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) to fine data processors up to 10 percent of their net annual global revenues, capped at 810,000 euros ($913,340), for breaches of the Dutch Data Protection Act.

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