European Data Protection Board Endorses Cookie Pledge for Enhanced User Rights
The European Data Protection Board (#EDPB) has expressed support for the European Commission’s “cookie pledge” initiative. This move, announced during the EDPB’s latest plenary session, is a response to the European Commission’s inquiry on how this voluntary initiative aligns with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the ePrivacy Directive.
🍪 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐞 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞
The cookie pledge, crafted by the European Commission, addresses the growing concern of “cookie fatigue” among internet users. It’s a voluntary commitment from businesses to streamline the management of cookies and personalized advertising choices. This initiative is designed to:
✅ 𝐄𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐔𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐬: By offering clear, concise information about data processing and the impact of accepting various cookie types. ✅ 𝐄𝐧𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲: Ensuring users are fully informed about their data. ✅ 𝐈𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥: Allowing users to have greater authority over their personal data processing. ✅ 𝐑𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐞 𝐅𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐮𝐞: Once users refuse consent, they won’t be prompted again for a year.
💡 𝐀 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐓𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐔𝐬𝐞𝐫-𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
The EDPB emphasizes user empowerment and transparency, crucial in today’s digital landscape. The EDPB also clarifies that adhering to the cookie pledge doesn’t equate to full compliance with GDPR or the ePrivacy Directive. Data protection authorities will maintain their authority and intervene when necessary to ensure these regulations are upheld.