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ICO Offers Guidance on Directive

ONLINE PRIVACY—UK

March 9, 2011

UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has reminded organizations to prepare for the EU Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive, which comes into effect on May 25. The directive will require users' consent before Web sites can use tracking cookies, the Financial Times reports, and Graham cautions that "businesses and organizations running Web sites in the UK must wake up to the fact that this is happening." The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is working on implementation of the directive, the report states. Graham noted the directive "will have positive benefits as it will give people more choice and control over what information businesses and other organizations can store on and access from consumers' own computers." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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