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EDPS: Commission Ambiguous on Cookie Advice

PRIVACY LAW—EU

July 14, 2011

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says that the European Commission has offered "inconsistent advice to website owners on how they should obtain users' consent to cookies," OUT-LAW News reports. EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes said last month that European companies had one year to create a uniform way for users to opt out of cookies and that she supported self-regulatory efforts, but EDPS Peter Hustinx says that neither a self-regulatory model nor a do-not-track model comply with EU Directive requirements. Hustinx says the directive's requirements should be "fully respected," and "The Commission should avoid any ambiguity" in making sure that transparency and consumer control online are delivered in the EU.
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