European Data Protection Digest

Cookie and Data Protection Laws To Take Effect

PRIVACY LAW—POLAND

January 10, 2013

An act amending Poland’s Telecommunication Law, among others, will go into effect 22 March. The act includes new rules on cookies that allow for an opt-in consent model that accepts software and browser settings as consent and also a breach notification requirement for publicly available telecommunication services, Bird & Bird reports. “Poland has reached a crossroad,” writes Emilia Stepien, “On one hand, if the NRA (the Office for Electronic Communication) interprets the act in line with its justification, the informed consent model may in fact be closer to an ‘opt–out’ model…However, the Polish Data Protection Authority…has recently raised its concerns that browser settings are not sufficient from a privacy perspective.“
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