The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office has informed The Washington Post its online subscription options do not comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, The Register reports. The newspaper allows users to pay $9 a month to turn off trackers and cookies. Since there is no free alternative for accepting cookies, the ICO found "consent cannot be freely given and is invalid." As the newspaper is based in the U.S., the ICO can only issue a warning. "We have told them they should now ensure that users of The Washington Post website have the option to access all levels of subscription without having to accept cookies," the ICO said in a statement. "We hope that the Washington Post will heed our advice, but if they choose not to, there is nothing more we can do in relation to this matter."
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