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D66 MPs want to relax tough Dutch cookie law

Wednesday 21 November 2012

MPs from the Liberal democratic party D66 have submitted an amendment to the Netherlands' tough new cookie laws to make it easier for websites to place functional tracking software.

Since June, it has been illegal for Dutch websites to install cookies on visitors' computers unless they have expressly given permission.

Cookies are small pieces of code which allow websites and advertisers to track user movements and remember information. Dutch legislation goes further than EU rules and has been widely criticised.

The D66 proposal would divide cookies into three types: functional ones which allow websites to operate properly (such as shopping baskets on web shops), cookies placed by the website and which are not shared with third parties, and third party tracking cookies.

Commercial information

'D66 thinks it is right that the commercial use of personal information obtained through cookies should require permission,' D66 MP Kees Verhoeven told website nu.nl.

'Many companies are complaining because of the commercial impact [of the Dutch rules] and because the law is unclear,' he said.

Last month public broadcasters said they would have to ban all visitors who did not agree to the placement of cookies from their websites because they are required to collect visitor information by law.

Under the D66 plan, the use of cookies to collect statistics would be allowed without express permission as long as they are not shared with third parties, such as Google.


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Readers' Comments

This seems to me a sensible request. I don't see why this would be held up any longer. Here in the US we are years beyond this debate, although I have to admit i do wish it had gone through greater scrutiny. Who knows where my personal info is, was, or will be?

By MichaelGJK | 21 November 2012 4:20 PM

My thoughts:
These are EU laws codified into Dutch law. Unsure if we can have an opt-out rule of an EU law.

Functional session tracking cookies are fine & and are essential for modern web sites to work. Permission should not really be required.

For those who like some control over tgeir privacy, the most browsers can delete all cookies when closed down - mine does.

All other tracking cookies and web-bugs should be denied by default.

By Me | 21 November 2012 7:05 PM

Hi,
D66 MPs want to relax tough Dutch cookie law. I totally agree, I like the American cookies the best with their apple pie.

By Terence Hale | 21 November 2012 9:19 PM

clever title :)

By ss | 22 November 2012 7:36 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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