Counting the costs of the cookie law, part 2: the truth about cookie law fines

Yesterday I discussed how difficult it is to put a financial figure on the projected benefits, as well as the costs, of the EU cookie law’s practical implementation across Europe. Today we turn to the other side of the balance sheet and look at how much money the cookie law has actually made. This refers to any fines and penalties levied in member states for violations of the law.

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Counting the costs of the cookie law, part 1: how much was it supposed to cost?

On the 25th of May we marked the third anniversary of the EU Cookie Law taking effect here in the UK, and with some national exceptions, across Europe. Three years on, we can all look back at what a positive, sustainable, and far-reaching impact the law has had on internet privacy and personal security.

Errrrm…no we can’t.

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The cookie law, “informed consent”, and disability

What happens when governments demand “well-informed consent” from individuals who are unable to provide it? What if access to information or services is conditional upon that consent? Which law wins?

This is an NHS site which has been blocked with an overlay caused by a malfunctioning cookie law compliance solution.
This is an NHS site which has been blocked with an overlay caused by a malfunctioning cookie law compliance solution.

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