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Pre-Checked Boxes Not Valid For Cookie Consent, EU Court Says

March 21, 2019, 5:30 PM

Websites can’t use pre-checked consent boxes to get users’ permission to place cookies on their browsers, the bloc’s top court said in a preliminary opinion.

Websites also should tell users about a cookie’s lifespan, and whether third parties can access cookies before placing them on their computers or smartphones, according to the March 21 opinion by Maciej Szpunar, an advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Judges are not bound by advocate generals’ opinions, but in most cases the opinions are a good indicator of the final judgment.

A final judgment affirming the cookie opinion could ...

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