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ACM orders KPN to hand over information that has been withheld

On January 31, 2014, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) twice imposed  an order subject to periodic penalty payments on Dutch telecom company KPN ordering the company to hand over to ACM information it had asked for. In its answers to ACM, KPN had blacked out specific information such as names of KPN employees and those of its customers. By withholding this information from ACM, KPN has obstructed ACM’s regulatory activities in the telecommunications market. Both periodic penalty payments are EUR 50,000 per day each with a maximum of EUR 500,000.

KPN applied to the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBb) for an interim injunction against these two orders subject to periodic penalty payments. The hearing for this interim injunction is scheduled for April 4, 2014. Both orders have been suspended until then.