Tuesday, June 12, 2012

EU Officials Try to Clarify Privacy Rules for the Web

Schechner, Sam. "EU Officials Try to Clarify Privacy Rules for the Web." The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2012.

From the article: "European officials are mounting a new push to clarify—and enforce—rules involving small Internet files that can be used to track users, exposing the slow progress of Europe's plan to implement far-reaching privacy rules.

Digital-privacy agencies from the European Union's member countries hashed out new recommendations late last week for how to apply European data-privacy laws to so-called cookies, the common Internet files that websites use to remember things about users. The cookies can also be used by central aggregators to track users' online behavior on the Web.
The new guidelines, expected to be released as early as this week, regulators say, more clearly distinguish between relatively innocuous cookies that websites can deploy without users' permission, and those for which regulators want websites to get user consent. Likely to stay on the consent-needed list: the cookies that are used to track users' Web browsing in order to show the users targeted ads." Read more