Commission closes infringement case on UK

Friday January 27th, 2012

The European Commission has closed an infringement case against the UK in recognition that UK national legislation has now been changed to properly implement EU rules on ePrivacy and data protection on the confidentiality of communications such as email or internet browsing.

The Commission believes that UK law and institutions are now well-equipped to enforce the privacy rights of UK users.

The infringement procedure was opened in April 2009 because UK internet users were concerned about how the UK authorities had handled their complaints over the use of targeted behavioural advertising by several internet service providers. These complaints were handled by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the UK law enforcement agencies responsible for investigating cases of unlawful interception of communications.

So as not to be referred to the Court of Justice, the UK amended its national legislation so as not to allow interception of users’ electronic communications without their explicit consent and established an additional sanction and supervisory mechanism to deal with breaches of confidentiality in electronic communications.

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