The latest in legal news and commentary on Internet cookies, which are small pieces of information in text format that are downloaded to your computer when you visit many Web sites.

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced settlements of cases brought against Google and Facebook for alleged privacy violations. The Google settlement drew headlines for being the largest fine ever assessed for the violation of a FTC consent order ($22.5 million). View Full Post
During its meeting in early June, the Article 29 Working Party (the “Working Party”) issued an Opinion on cookies that analyses the exemptions to the requirement for informed consent, and sets how the revised e-Privacy Directive impacts cookie usage. Article 5.3 of the amended ePrivacy Directive 2009/136/EC provides that cookies are exempt from the need to obtain informed consent when a cookie is View Full Post
Article 29 Working Party Publishes Opinion on Cookie Consent Exemptions On 7 June 2012, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party issued an opinion on cookie consent exemptions. The Directive 2009/136/EC, amending Directive 2002/58/EC, introduced an opt-in regime which requires providers to request that users grant their consent to the use of cookies, as opposed to the regime under which users are given the opportunity to opt-out. View Full Post
On Tuesday, June 12, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), a group of European data protection authorities, published an opinion on the exemptions available to the new cookie rules introduced by the revised EU ePrivacy Directive.  The opinion provides guidance on the implementation of the available exemptions to the requirement to obtain internet users’ informed consent for the use of cookies.   View Full Post
On June 7, 2012, the Article 29 Working Party (the “Working Party”) adopted an Opinion analyzing the exemptions to the prior opt-in consent requirement for cookies. Although the Opinion focuses on cookies, the Working Party also notes that the same analysis applies to any technology allowing information to be stored or accessed on a user’s computer or mobile device. View Full Post