European Data Protection Digest

ICO Releases Cookie Consent Report

DATA PROTECTION—UK

January 3, 2013

Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E, writes for Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Privacy and Information Law Blog about a UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) report on the status of the cookie consent requirement. The report outlines consumer concerns that have been reported to the ICO, including dissatisfaction with consent mechanisms and insufficient information about how to decline or manage cookies. The ICO says it will continue to write to reported websites and will consider using “formal regulatory powers in line with our criteria set out in the Data Protection Regulatory Action Policy and Guidance on the issue of monetary penalties.” Ustaran notes, “This is the clearest threat of enforcement action to date.”
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