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The EU Telecoms Ministers decided on Friday that they would not submit to pressure from Parliament to include measures relating to unlawful internet use in the 'Telecoms Package' which has been undergoing review for some time. This means the entire package will continue to 'conciliation' between the Parliament and Member States and such negotiation talks aren't likely to commence until the first half of September.

The Telecoms Package of course contains a wide range of issues. Datonomy has discussed at length on this post previously some of the proposals surrounding notification of breaches but there are some other less publicised changes to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive which could have major implications for the industry.

In particular, there is a proposal to amend the current provisions relating to cookies and other devices. This amendment would … Continue Reading ››
Four major search engine operators are scheduled to sit down at a plenary meeting next month with Article 29 Working Party to work through the findings of Art29WP's Opinion of 4 April 2008.

The business model for search engines is to increase advertising revenues and refine search results and this is clearly best achieved by building up knowledge about the context of an individual search query. The question though is to what extent does this involve or create personal data and what are a search engine's obligations, if any?

The Opinion clearly thinks they should be regulated. Art29WP's view is that, even though an IP address may not be directly identifiable, other associated information is often available which can identify the user behind that IP address. Cookie unique IDs may also reveal further personal data. Unless an operator can establish "with absolute certainty" that data can't be … Continue Reading ››