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Dutch govt opens consultation to scrap cookie provision

Tuesday 21 May 2013 | 10:26 CET | News
The Dutch government plans to scrap the requirement for company websities to get explicit permission from visitors before placing analytic cookies. Dutch minister of economic affairs Henk Kamp wants an internet consultation on the proposal to amend the cookie provision in the Telecommunications Act. Kamp came out with the amendment after Parliament said in November 2012 that the cookie regulation in the Netherlands went too far in the name of privacy and that there were now too many pop-ups asking for permission. In a letter to Parliament, Kamp said that customers will not have to be consulted on the amendment due to the very low impact on internet privacy. The amendment will be to Article 11.7a of the Telecommunications Act. The cookie provision was primarily intended to protect the user privacy, but in practice most cookies do not affect privacy. The amendment consultation opened on 20 May.

Categories: Internet
Companies: ACM / Ministerie van Economische Zaken / OPTA
Countries: Netherlands
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