The Dutch Competition Authority imposes a fine of €1.84 million against a company for obstructing an on-the-spot inspection (WhatsApp)

ACM HAS IMPOSED A FINE OF 1.84 MILLION EUROS FOR DELETING WHATSAPP CHAT CONVERSATIONS DURING A DAWN RAID* Dawn raids may become a nerve-racking experience for companies that are under scrutiny of competition authorities and their employees. During a dawn raid, which is performed without prior notice, employees of the relevant undertaking who lack proper training may act in a way that can expose their companies to monetary fine. Dawn raids are often problematic for the companies, since employees may tend to hide or destroy evidence, due to their lack of knowledge of the fact that they should fully cooperate with the competition authority, when an on-the-spot inspection is being conducted. The evidence, which is concealed or destroyed during an on-the-spot inspection, eventually costs

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Fırat Eğrilmez, The Dutch Competition Authority imposes a fine of €1.84 million against a company for obstructing an on-the-spot inspection (WhatsApp), 11 December 2019, e-Competitions December 2019, Art. N° 92935

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