EU websites track users without warning, against own rules

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"The European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, said that institutions were aware of the problem, that new guidelines are being drawn up to deal with the issue, and that his own office avoided using EU institutional software last year because he realised they were “inappropriate”.

The EDPS is referring to the inappropriate use of cookies by EU institutions and commercially. See: Full story (euractiv, link)

In our own backyard the EU's Directive on mandatory data retention (2006) requires service providers to hold records of all communication data (who contacted who and when) for e-mails, faxes, landline and mobile phone calls (including the location) and to give law enforcement agencies access to this data. Tony Bunyan, Statewatch Director, comments: "However, the Directive also requires records to be kept of all internet usage across the EU. Access to a person's internet usage also reveals its content, the pages looked at."

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