European Data Protection Digest

Cookie Proposals Raise Concerns

PRIVACY LAW—THE NETHERLANDS

October 28, 2011

The Dutch Parliament has been discussing draft legislation that would mandate opt-in consent for the use of cookies, the Field Fisher Waterhouse Privacy Law Blog reports. According to an interim publication on those discussions, the Upper House has several questions, including what the impact may be on Internet users and whether opt-in proposals will mean "a competitive disadvantage against countries that adopt a more 'lenient' implementation" of the e-Privacy Directive. "While it's too early to say whether this means that the currently proposed strict opt-in requirements will get shot down," Phil Lee writes, "the level of concern voiced by the Upper House" indicates "a more pragmatic approach" may prevail.
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