This week, Ars Technica reports, the European Commission released the results of its consultation on the ePrivacy Directive, often known as the Cookie Law, which stands to be refreshed this year. Currently, the directive only applies to telco companies, but some 76 percent of participants in the consultation who were either individuals or consumer advocacy organizations believe the ePrivacy rules should be extended to so-called “over-the top” or OTT service providers, such as Skype, Gmail or WhatsApp. Industry representatives were much more skeptical of the need for expanding the ePrivacy Directive at all. A similarly large gap in agreement exists regarding opinions on cookies and whether websites should be able to block users who don’t accept cookies.
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