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Complaint Filed Against Utility Payment Website

ONLINE PRIVACY—IRELAND

January 5, 2012

An Irish Socialist Party MEP has filed a complaint with the Data Protection Commissioner claiming a website set up by the Irish government to facilitate the payment of a new household utilities charge contravenes EU privacy regulations, reports The Independent. "The website's privacy statement declares that the site uses 'session cookies,' which are erased after use, whereas in fact it uses so-called 'persistent cookies' that remain on people's computers after they visit the website," says MEP Paul Murphy. Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has also voiced his concerns over a proposed plan to tap into homeowners' utility bills in order to collect the charge.
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