Groups Dissatisfied with Status Quo
ONLINE PRIVACY—EUSeptember 14, 2011
While industry groups continue to push for self-regulation of online advertising, many consumer advocates and lawmakers are dissatisfied with the level of control Internet users have over their personal information, reports EurActive. The European Commission, regulators and advertisers are meeting today in Brussels to discuss recent efforts, including the Interactive Advertising Bureau's do-not-track icon. "While this mechanism is welcome and constitutes an improvement to the current situation, it does not meet the requirement" to obtain informed consent, wrote Dutch regulator Jacob Kohnstamm. Meanwhile, civil liberties groups plan to meet in Brussels on Saturday to protest the EU Data Retention Directive and the European Commission's plans to store passenger name records currently held by airlines.