The Dutch government adopted a new law Wednesday afternoon, which includes a ban on cookies and net neutrality.
Net neutrality is a principle which advocates no restrictions by Internet service providers or governments on consumers’ access to networks that participate Online, including on newsgroups.
Under the new Dutch law, providers will no longer be allowed to give priority to or block certain online traffic. In addition, Internet providers are forbidden to charge extra for certain Internet services and access to ports, such as those for USENET Newsgroups.
There have been fierce protests within the Internet industry against the stricter regulations regarding cookies. Companies say the Netherlands is exaggerating the need for privacy and Internet users will need to click much more often to give permission for cookies. In addition, they say the new law will harm the competitive position of Dutch companies in Europe.