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House of Lords written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of The Earl of Northesk The Earl of Northesk Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they agree with the European Parliament's Committee on Citizens' Freedom, Justice and Home Affairs that Internet users should not be warned in advance when a website installs a "cookie" on their hard drive.

Photo of Lord Sainsbury of Turville Lord Sainsbury of Turville Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Science and Innovation), Department of Trade and Industry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Trade and Industry) (Science and Innovation)

The UK and other member states are currently considering the amendments proposed by the European Parliament's Citizen's Freedom, Justice and Home Affairs Committee to the Council's common position on the Communications Data Protection Directive, including the provisions on cookies, and whether there are areas where it would be right to compromise. The Council will take a collective decision on this. Rebo

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