Telecom Regulator Plans To Use Automated Cookie Monitor
ONLINE PRIVACY—THE NETHERLANDSJuly 24, 2012
Dutch telecom regulator OPTA has said it plans to use automated supervision to assure companies are complying with its new cookie consent regime, Bird & Bird reports. Similar to web crawlers, the proposed cookie monitor, which is still in development, scans websites for cookie use and placement. An OPTA spokesman said, “Sites that place cookies without consent, which are hard to remove by the user, will be fined promptly,” adding, “sites that commit less serious offenses are likely to receive a warning first.” The potential result, according to the report, could be the rise in enforcement in the coming months.