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EU to toughen up ‘cookie’ laws

The European Commission is working on much stricter rules covering the use of computer data code in the form of ‘cookies’.

The scheme has been around for some times but French business newspaper Les Echoes says the concept is now gathering steam. In essence, the EC project will force web-site browsers to move to a “no tracking” policy by default.

The idea is that the current “op-in” mode where consumers have to click to accept cookies on website would not protect consumer’s privacy enough.

Two options are available to the EC. One is to make it a Europe-wide ‘regulation’ which would not permit much flexibility for countries to adapt. The other option could be to make it a ‘directive’ which can be adapted with greater flexibility.

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