An EU spokesperson has responded to the UK government's announcement last week proposing that it plans to reform its data protection laws, in an article in the Financial Times (£). The EU is monitoring the UK "very closely" and that in a "case of justified urgency" threatening its citizens can "immediately" withdraw its data-sharing arrangement with the UK. The news comes as even the Telegraph recognises that while cookie requests are irritating, they are better than not having them at all. "European data laws are not perfect, but they are a deeply thought-through set of protections for citizens in a Wild West of data theft and online snooping. Although poorly enforced by our outgoing Information Commissioner, these rights can protect us from nuisance calls, junk mail, scam emails, unwanted data harvesting and more." In two related pieces, the Open Rights Group and WIRED outline their concerns about the government's plans to prioritise profits over our rights.