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Belgium made .be zone more secure for citizens

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The Belgian domain manager DNS Belgium made easier to make .be-web pages inaccessible that are not in order with the GDPR legislation. It therefore concluded an agreement with the Data Protection Authority (GBA).

The agreement allows .be-web pages that are manifestly contrary to the GDPR to be made inaccessible more quickly. The two organisations do this as they say for better (online) protection of citizens.

In this context, the GBA will be able to use the so-called notice & action procedure, which sets out the principles under which .be domain names can be referred to a public authority alert page, which has the legal authority to act against serious infringements of certain legal rules.

Although DNS Belgium can in certain circumstances withdraw the website linked to the .be domain name.

The intention is that DNS Belgium will also extend the cooperation with GBA to domain names areas in the future .flanders & .brussels.

It is not the first initiative that DNS Belgium has recently taken in this direction. For example, it adapts procedures not only to privacy, but also to the fight against cybercrime. In order to prevent the misuse of domain names, DNS Belgium will henceforth check the registration data of domain names holders before a domain name becomes active.

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