EC follows up e-Privacy failings

2 Apr 2004

The European Commission (EC) has taken its second step in infringement proceedings started last November against eight Member States for their failure to notify the EC of measures transposing the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (e-Privacy directive) into their national laws. The directive covers all areas of online privacy including spam email and identifier cookies. The EC has now sent out ‘reasoned opinions’ to the governments of Belgium, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal; Sweden, the ninth country initially named last November, has since informed the EC of new spam legislation. The remaining eight have two months to respond to the EC; if they fail to do so they could be called before the European Court of Justice.