Washington Post offers illegal cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

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It is observed that the newspaper Washington Post is asking for the online subscription which doesn’t comply with European Union data protection rules.

They are offering three options which they are offering to-be readers, but only one of those is allowing you to switch off tracking and cookies and the same is the most expensive one costing $9 a month.

The other two which are free for a limited number of articles or $6 a month for an unlimited number, they are demanding the readers about illegal cookie consent under GDPR; and consent for tracking any third-party ads.

Going through this procedure of consent the privacy activists are worried that whether they meet the requirements for consent as per EU data protection laws.

The Information Commissioner’s Office reviewed the policies by Washington Post where they found an irregularity acting on a complaint from a Reg reader,

Whereas, Article 7 (4) of the EU GDPR states: “When assessing whether consent is freely given, utmost account shall be taken of whether, inter alia, the performance of a contract, including the provision of a service, is conditional on consent to the processing of personal data that is not necessary for the performance of that contract.”

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