The Report examines 250 websites which were selected as among the most frequently visited by individuals within each member state taking part in the sweep. Media, e-commerce and the public sector were chosen as target sectors, which were those considered by the WP29 to present the 'greatest data protection and privacy risks to EU citizens'.
Highlights of the assessment include:
High numbers of cookies are being placed by websites. Media websites place an average of 50 cookies during a visitor's first visit. Expiry dates of cookies are often excessive. Three cookies in the sweep had been set with the expiry date of 31 December 9999, nearly 8000 years in the future. Excluding cookies with a long duration...