- EU - e-Privacy Directive - Commission sends reasoned opinions to 8 Member States +/-
(RAPID) The Commission has taken the second step in infringement proceedings against eight Member States for failing to notify it of measures transposing the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (e-Privacy Directive) into their national laws. The Directive governs areas like 'spam' e-mail and identifier 'cookies'. These proceedings were opened against nine Member States in November 2003 (see IP/03/1663), but Sweden has since notified the Commission of new spam legislation. The second stage in infringement proceedings involves sending reasoned opinions to Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Finland. They now have two months in which to respond and could face action before the European Court of Justice if they fail to comply
- EU - Project on Privacy and Identity Management +/-
(Press Release) "PRIME - Privacy and Identity Management for Europe" is the name of a 4-year project, conducted within the EU 6th Framework Programme, which was launched on March 1st, 2004. Its objective is the research and development of solutions to empower individuals in managing their privacy in cyberspace. PRIME presents a comprehensive response to the end-users' needs to minimise disclosure of personal data while accessing services and to enforce their privacy preferences. The results of PRIME will be monitored by a Reference Group formed by experts from industry, public administration, consumer protection and citizen rights organisations, R&D, standardisation bodies, data protection authorities, and law enforcement agencies.
- US - Administration asks for extension on passport deadline +/-
(CNN) The Bush administration has asked Congress to give other countries two more years to issue biometric passports for entry to the United States, saying it is clear that none of the 27 countries entitled to issue the advanced technology passports will be able to meet an October 26 deadline.