Feeds

EC targets laggard states over e-privacy

Get a move on

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The European Commission is taking action against nine member states for failing to implement an on-line privacy directive.

The Commission says it has opened infringement proceedings against Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland and Sweden. The countries failed to implement the EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications, otherwise known as the e-Privacy Directive, which was adopted by the European Parliament and Council in July 2002. The Directive sets EU-wide rules for the protection of privacy and personal data in mobile and fixed communications, including the Internet.

The most highly publicised aspect of the new Directive was a ban on sending 'spam' or unsolicited commercial e-mail throughout the EU.

The deadline for incorporation into national law was 31 October 2003 at the latest. By that date, only six countries had taken measures to transpose it. Ireland narrowly missed out on infringement proceedings, since it adopted the transposition measures after the deadline date.

According to the Commission, letters of formal notice, the first stage of infringement proceedings, have now been sent out to the member states in question. In the case of Sweden, this concerns only Article 13 of the directive, which relates to unsolicited communications as the rest of the directive was covered by the transposition measures, which were notified on time. The nine member states have been requested to respond within two months.

"The e-Privacy Directive is a key element in the new regulatory framework for electronic communications. It is urgent that Member States adopt a consistent legislative approach to such issues as unsolicited e-mails ('spam'), the use of location data or 'cookies'. This will strengthen consumer confidence in e-commerce and electronic services, which is a prerequisite for sustainable growth in the sector," said Erkki Liikanen, commissioner for enterprise and the information society. "I urge those Member States that have not yet transposed this Directive to complete the task with the minimum of further delay."

© ENN

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.