Commission Begins Action Against States
PRIVACY LAW—EUJuly 19, 2011
The European Commission has started legal action against 20 member states for failing to implement telecommunications rules, Reuters reports. The commission has written to the states to inquire about why they have not implemented the so-called telecoms package, which was to have been incorporated into practice by May 25. The rules include what has been a controversial mandate for websites to obtain users' consent before placing cookies on their systems. To date, only Britain, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Malta and Sweden have implemented the rules. The states in question have two months to respond.