Simpler rules on cookies: The so called “cookie provision”, which has resulted in an overload of consent requests for internet users, will be streamlined. New rules will allow users to be more in control of their settings, providing an easy way to accept or refuse the tracking of cookies and other identifiers in case of privacy risks. The proposal clarifies that no consent is needed for non-privacy intrusive cookies improving internet experience (e.g. to remember shopping cart history). Cookies set by a visited website counting the number of visitors to that website will no longer require consent.

Beside of this long awaited change on the Cookie rules, the latest press release from the EU Commision contain clarification on privacy and data protection.

Source: European Commission – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Commission proposes high level of privacy rules for all electronic communications and updates data protection rules for EU institutions