Heard the one about the new spam and privacy law?By Chris Williams. Published: 11th Dec 2003, 18:19:07 | Permalink | Printable
Site announcementIt's not hard to believe that the new UK Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations are derived from an EU directive. Effective from today, the regulations hope to strengthen user privacy and quell spam although at least one trendy web company has revealed that no one cares. As many as 99 percent of UK websites are in fact giving the new law a cold shoulder.
As quoted in a BBC Online report, a WebAbacus spokesperson said, "Companies are either not aware of the legislation, or are ignoring it". The Information Comission is also "surprised".
Speaking to the Beeb, Phil Jones, assistant information commissioner, cried, "There should be transparency. People should know what is going on with the information collected about them. People should recognise that the information collected is only benign - but they should be alerted to the ways that data is going to be used."
However, now may be the time to get it all out in the open and educate web surfers. You can read more about the new directive from out-law.com and also, information on cookies from aboutcookies.org.
Please take a few minutes to read it over and any comments are welcome.
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