European Parliament agrees cookie legislation

Industry figures have welcomed the European Parliament's decision to vote in favour of a compromise on proposals to regulate the...

Industry figures have welcomed the European Parliament's decision to vote in favour of a compromise on proposals to regulate the use of cookies.

The proposed legislation on the protection of personal data now allows the use of cookies - tools used to ease a user's movement between Web sites and track their movements - as long as users are given the choice to opt out of receiving them. The original wording required that Web site owners provide "advance information" before cookies are served.

Danny Meadows-Klue, chief executive of industry body the Interactive Advertising Bureau, said the vote was a "victory for common sense". He added, "Although not perfect, the new wording will allow the online and interactive industries to develop practical solutions to deliver consumer protection as well as fast and efficient Internet usage."

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