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EU approves new Cookie Law; Smacks of Windows Vistas’ constant nagging

Regulators in Europe approved a new law that would require users to approve each cookie stored by their Web browser. The law contains a caveat for cookies that’re “strictly necessary,” referring to those that help a user maintain an online shopping cart, for example. But all other cookies’ll prompt a barrage of pop-up approval dialogues, perhaps reminding users of over-active super-ego of Windows Vista. The law could also bruise online advertisers, whose ad modules collect click-counts and other analytical data that help to determine pricing. WSJ suggests that impracticality of cookie law went unnoticed because of a “bigger argument” about a new “three strikes” law being considered by EU Council. That law would allow authorities to punish peer-to-peer piracy by cutting off a user’s Internet access.


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