EU - Member States slow in adopting new 'anti-spam' regime +/-
(EurActiv.com) As from 1 November, the Member States must comply with the EU's new strict digital privacy rules. In practice, only Austria, Denmark, Italy and Sweden have met the deadline. The EU's Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications entered into force on 1 November 2003. Popularly known as the EU's 'ban on spam' directive, the technology-neutral regulations include provisions on security of networks and services, confidentiality of communications, access to information stored on terminal equipment, processing of traffic and location data, calling line identification, public subscriber directories and unsolicited commercial communications. Enforcement of the new laws is left to the individual Member States. Several EU Members are running behind schedule with the new regime's implementation. Only Austria, Denmark, Italy and Sweden had brought their national legislation up to the new standards by the Commission's 1 November deadline.