Thuiswinkel.org wants uniform interpretation and enforcement of cookie rules in Europe. The lobby organisation announced this in a letter to European Commissioner Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda).
“In a month in which the internal market is actually celebrating the twenty years of its existence, I hope that we can manage to realise harmonisation of these cookie rules and their enforcement”, is what Ed Nijpels, chairman of Thuiswinkel.org, wrote in the letter.
Currently no real harmonisation
In an interview last week with Tweakers.net, the European Commissioner herself stated that, in her opinion, the same interpretation of the European guidelines for cookies should apply to all 27 EU-countries. “I can’t explain to foreign businesses that they are treated differently in different countries”, said Kroes.
European regulations for a uniform interpretation and enforcement
Thuiswinkel.org supports this viewpoint and feels that a uniform explanation and enforcement from within the European Union should become an important priority. The lobby association for webshops wrote the letter to draw attention to the problem. This will require organising the following matters:
- a uniform interpretation of the rules on cookies;
- uniform enforcement of the rules;
- enforcement that is synchronised throughout all member states.