The cookie monster

When assessing the impact of new EU legislation it would be fairly reasonable to assume that not all EU laws are universally welcomed by each member state and the decisions made by those in the EU can often court controversy. The most recent example being the EU’s Privacy and Communications Directive that came into force last week which requires all EU businesses running websites within the EU to obtain informed consent from visitors to their websites in order to store and retrieve information on users’ computers. In other words, users will have to give permission for websites to install cookies on their internet browsers.  Whilst some see this as detrimental to the consumer’s Internet experience (anti-consumerists?) others see it as a win for privacy laws (pro-injunctionists?)

As with MiFID II, the directive has come under much scrutiny and, with such far reaching implications, raised questions about who in the EU initiated this as law and how it was passed? In this PMQ Kevin Jackson looks at the legislative process itself.  Click here for full story.

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