Europe bans spam

Monday, 3 June 2002, 12:44 PM EST

The European Parliament has voted to ban the sending of unsolicited commercial email.

The new European directive should be in place some time next year and would mean that people will have to "opt in" or ask to receive commercial email.

The vote also overturned proposals to introduce severe restrictions on the use of cookies.

The new legislation means that cookies may be used but only if the user is provided with adequate information beforehand.

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