EU privacy group calls for rules on device fingerprinting

Device fingerprinting should be subject to similar consumer protection rules as web cookies, according to the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, the EU’s main privacy watchdog. The same as cookies, device fingerprinting should only be deployed after approval by the user, the regulator said. Fingerprinting is a catch-all term for software that registers the unique features of a computer or other device, such as brand, type and browser settings. This allows activity on the device to be tracked, the same as with cookies. The Article 29 group issued a non-binding opinion on the technique, nothing that it is increasingly deployed by businesses since they face additional regulation on the use of cookies. Lawmakers should work on defining the technique to ensure it’s covered by privacy regulation.

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Source: Telecompaper

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