Robert Bond on the Impact of the EU Cookies Laws on Global Websites: A UK Perspective

By Robert Bond

There are compliance challenges for EU businesses with the advent of the Cookies Law Revisions to the E-Privacy Directive, which came into force on May 26, 2011. The UK is one of only a few member states to have implemented the revisions into law. Even in the UK there is a one year "grace period" for businesses to comply. How to comply is a real challenge and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) recognizes that businesses must set the compliance agenda.

UK Legislative Backdrop

On May 4, 2011, the UK government published the Privacy & Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011(2011 Regulations) 1 amending the Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations. 2 The 2011 Regulations implement the revised E-Privacy Directive 3 that the European Commission adopted in December 2009 as part of a general revision of the EU Telecommunications and Electronic Communications Framework. 

n1 Privacy & Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/1208).

n2 Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations (SI 2426/2003) 

About the Author:

Robert Bond is a partner with Speechly Bircham LLP in London. He specializes in intellectual property law, with particular expertise in data, technology, and information law, including computer games and digital media. Mr. Bond advises clients on the development, identification, protection and commercialization of their IP assets. He is the author of seven books and a frequent speaker at industry events. He is chairman of the ICC (UK) E-Business, IT & Telecoms Committee and is listed as a top lawyer in numerous IT industry leadership rankings. 

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