New EU Data Privacy Law

U.S. lawmakers dither over new, stricter laws governing online data tracking.  Meanwhile, a EU privacy directive which goes into effect on May 25 requires EU websites to obtain “explicit consent” from users to gather online browsing and shopping data.  Excluded are cookies tracking items placed in website shopping baskets; otherwise, based on this article, the consent directive is comprehensive.  Websites are determining what steps are necessary to comply with the law.  One possible result is “that after 25 May, users see many more pop-up windows and dialogue boxes asking them to let sites gather data.”

5 thoughts on “New EU Data Privacy Law”

  1. This seems like it's really just going to make it more of a nuisance to use the internet. I love not getting pop-ups, and so I hope Apple is on it's game about making sure they don't start for their computers. Along those lines, I think it will require individuals to invest in some computer resources to avoid those pop-ups, and ultimately, don't you think there'll be software that will eliminate a similar pop-up all together?

  2. Instead of a check-box and click yes, I would like the future to require the actual signing of our names to these privacy agreements.

    Maybe it's just me, but things we sign we put more weight into, than say, a click-wrap agreement.

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