Telecoms package adopted – including new data breach and cookie provisions

Claire Walker

In the small hours of this morning, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers reached agreement on the new EU Telecoms Package. This wide-ranging set of reforms is of particular interest to data protection practitioners because it will introduce mandatory notifications for personal data breaches. It will also amend the rules on the use of cookies, and strenghten anti-spam measures. It is also of interest to those on both sides of the file sharing debate because of the controversial “Amendment 138” which at one stage threatened the fate of the entire package.

Datonomy will be bringing you more detailed thoughts on the impact of the measures in due course. In the meantime, we wanted to bring you the news hot off the press. This Commission press release has more details.

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