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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.
A press release from the European Commission today, entitled "More action needed to fight spammers and protect online privacy, says Commission report", reiterates the Commission's view that EU Member States can do more to tackle online privacy threats to the public. According to the release,

"A Commission-funded study published today found that although in recent years several EU countries have taken some measures to enforce Europe's ban on spam, including fines for spammers, the number of prosecuted cases and sanctions imposed on lawbreakers vary considerably [This is not surprising. First you have to catch your spammer ...]. The study confirms the need for the legislative improvements proposed under the reform of the EU's Telecoms rules ( MEMO/09/219 ): clearer and more consistent enforcement rules and dissuasive sanctions, better cross-border cooperation, and adequate resources for national authorities in charge of protecting citizens' online … Continue Reading ››