Companies such as Google and Facebook could be subject to a new privacy code under proposals from communications minister Ed Vaizey.
The code would allow individuals to seek redress against internet companies if they felt their privacy had been invaded, according to The Guardian.
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It would be an updated version of the code for privacy online, used by the Information Commissioner's Office, said Vaizey.
Facebook said, "We look forward to hearing more about Mr Vaizey's plans and continuing to work with both him and the ICO."