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Article 29 Working Party Adopts Cookie Opinion

PRIVACY LAW—EU

June 12, 2012

The Article 29 Working Party has adopted an opinion on cookie consent exemption. The opinion explains how Article 5.3 in the revised e-Privacy Directive changes informed consent requirements for cookie use. It also describes which cookies are exempted from the changes, including those used "for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication" or those "strictly necessary in order for the provider of an information society service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user to use the service." Meanwhile, European Union member states' privacy agencies are expected to release recommendations on how to apply cookie rules as early as this week.
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