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ICO and CNIL publish guidelines for the use of cookies

Both the British (ICO) and French (CNIL) data protection authorities issued guidelines on the use of cookies. In these guidelines, the authorities explain the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the e-Privacy Directive and their national implementing decrees. The guidelines focus on compliance with the duty to provide information and the obligation to obtain legally valid consent for the use of cookies. Since the GDPR came into force, these two obligations have been subject to stricter requirements. The guidelines are also important for Swiss companies that “observe” the online behaviour of persons in the EU using cookies. In any case, they too must comply with the requirements of EU law and not just Swiss data protection law, which is currently less strict than the GDPR.

More information: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/guidance-on-the-use-of-cookies-and-similar-technologies-1-0.pdf (ICO) and https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000038783337 (CNIL)

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