The Wall Street Journal reports that Internet companies' concerns about a European Union directive to require them to obtain permission before placing cookies on users' computers are unnecessary. John W. Miller writes that a European Commission document written to offer formal guidance to member states implementing the directive sheds light on "how EU regulators see the directive, and that's firmly on the side of business." The document does not endorse an opt-in clause, and instead states, "It is not necessary to obtain consent for each individual operation of gaining access to or storing of information on a user's terminal if the initial information and consent covered such further use."(Registration may be required to access this story.)
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