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Dentons launches online Europe Cookie Law Comparison tool

Global law firm Dentons, with the support of the Nextlaw Referral Network, has launched the Europe Cookie Law Comparison tool to assist users in understanding their legal and data privacy obligations with respect to the use of internet cookies across 28 countries in Europe. 

Of particular relevance are the insights on the requirements for obtaining consent for the use of cookies, a process which has caused frustration and controversy among website owners and visitors alike.

The tool is free and available at:

Partner Giangiacomo Olivi, Co-Head of the Europe Data Privacy and Security team, commented, “Pending the adoption of the new e-Privacy Regulation, various European data protection authorities have decided to take autonomous action on cookies by issuing additional specific local guidelines and measures. The tool will help to navigate the fragmented regulation across 28 countries in Europe.”

The interactive online tool answers frequently asked questions in relation to cookies in an ever-changing regulatory context. Users can compare and contrast up to three countries at a time and immediately share these via email with their colleagues.

Partner Marc Elshof, Co-Head of Dentons’ Europe Data Privacy and Security team, commented: “We see this tool as the first point of call for the legal and compliance personnel of globally active companies, who need to comply with privacy and other laws applicable to cookies and similar technologies across multiple jurisdictions in Europe.”

Partner Nick Graham, Global Co-Chair of Dentons' Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, added, “Having the ability to compare and contrast relevant regulations in a single source allows users to quickly determine their company’s position and the appropriate next steps to ensure compliance.”

Dentons lawyers contributed the legal analysis for Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and the UK.  In addition, several law firms from the Nextlaw Referral Network contributed content for specific jurisdictions: CHSH (Austria), Wolf Theiss (Bulgaria), Antoniou McCollum & Co. (Cyprus), Cacic & Partners (Croatia), Lundgrens (Denmark), Derling (Estonia), Krogerus (Finland), Kyriakides Georgopoulos (Greece), LK Shields (Ireland), Kronbergs Čukste Levin (Latvia), Ellex Valiunas (Lithuania), GVZH Advocates (Malta), PLMJ (Portugal), Karanovic & Partners (Slovenia), and Setterwalls (Sweden).

About Dentons
Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

About Nextlaw Referral Network
Nextlaw Referral Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dentons, is the most powerful legal network in the world, with more than 700 law firms, 35,000 lawyers in 195 countries. No other law firm provides its professionals and members access to so much extraordinary talent, so easily, to help our clients solve their business problems, not just their legal ones. The Network also offers a special search feature that identifies women and/or minority owned firms. Nextlaw Referral Network is Chambers rated “Leading Referral Network” two years in a row and has been cited with numerous awards, including The Lawyer’s Network of the Year (2019).

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