By the sound of things, French data protection regulators thought their lawmakers were acting a bit kooky when, as we previously reported, they passed an ordinance providing that consent for the installation of cookies by a website can be inferred by browser settings.  In a public statement last month, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés, France’s data protection agency, stated its intention to strictly apply active consent requirements in enforcing the ordinance.  Specifically, it said that browser settings allowing all cookies, without making a distinction between their purposes, cannot be deemed a valid consent expressed by the user. This new statement reflects a stricter reading of the requirements of amended EU privacy law than what was apparently expressed by French lawmakers in August, and it would appear to bring France’s treatment of cookies more in line with the UK’s approach.