Online Privacy News and Views

Facebook Facing Daily 250K Euro Cookie Fines

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | Tagged: Facebook, Cookie Law Fines | Leave Comment

Yesterday (10th November) a Belgian court ordered Facebook to stop tracking some non-members across the web. The social media giant was given 2 days to comply, or be issued fines of 250,000 euros per day.

Online Privacy: Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, November 9, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Regulation, Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy | Leave Comment

I read a lot of cookie policies. I realise that puts me in a very small minority, but it is part of my job. However, I think they can be very enlightening. Often overlooked as the poor cousin to the privacy policy, I believe I can learn much more about a company’s real attitudes to operational privacy from their cookie policy than I can with their privacy policy.

Safe Harbour and Cookie Compliance

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, October 16, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Compliance, Safe Harbour | Leave Comment EU-US Safe Harbour

As almost everybody with an interest in privacy will know by now, the European Court of Justice has recently declared the EU-US Safe Harbour mechanism invalid. Right now there is a huge uncertainty about what it means for business, and there is a lot of coverage both in the privacy world and mainstream media about the issue. However, nobody has given much thought to the impact on cookie compliance - until now.

The Cookie Law is not about the Cookies

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, October 5, 2015 | Tagged: Facebook, Consent, Optanon, Cookie Compliance, Lotame | Leave Comment

When you use cookies on a website, you are very often collecting data about people. Most of the time you can argue that the consequences of this are minor, and most or the time that is mostly true. Sometimes however this exposes those individuals to risks. If those people happen to be some of the more vulnerable members of society, those risks can be significant. If you allow that data to get into the hands of other organisations with no control over what can happen to it, those risks are greater still. And if you are an organisation that is supposed to be helping those people, but seem to be either unaware of these risks, or ignoring them, then this becomes a serious failure in duty of care.

Cookies and Digital Governance

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Audit, Digital Governance | Leave Comment

When people see their first Optanon Cookie Audit, the most common responses are along the lines of: I had no idea we had so many, How did those get there? and These ones should have been removed ages ago. Here are just 5 ways an Optanon Cookie Audit can help you with digital governance.

First Cookie Enforcements in France

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | Tagged: CNIL, Cookie Law France, Cookie Law Enforcement | Leave Comment CNIL logo

France’s data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has taken its first steps enforcing the cookie law in France, ordering 20 websites them to make amendments within a specified timeframe, or face further action.

Google Requires Cookie Law Compliance, Optanon Referenced

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | Tagged: Google, Adsense, Doubleclick, Cookie Compl, Cookie Choices | Leave Comment

Google has started writing to customers of its Adsense, Doubleclick and other products to warn them that they must comply with the EU cookie law by 30 Sept, as part of a change in policy. To help with the process the company has developed a website This provides guidance on compliance and includes links back to our site as a recognised provider of compliance software.

France Begins Enforcing Cookie Law

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Tagged: CNIL, Cookie Law France, Enforcement | Leave Comment

The CNIL, France’s data protection authority has written to 20 website owners about failures to comply with the French cookie law, according to a press release published on June 30th. It is the first action taken by the regulator following initial investigations at the end of 2014.

Cookie Law Enforcement in Italy Begins

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | Tagged: Garante, Cookie Law Italy | Leave Comment

Today, 3rd June 2015 marks the end of the grace period provided by the Garante for becoming compliant with the cookie law in Italy, following the publication of its guidelines.

Cross Device Tracking Getting Regulator Attention

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, May 18, 2015 | Tagged: Online Privacy, Tracking, Cross Device Tracking, Online Marketing | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

One of the big issues faced by the online advertising industry at the moment is the fragmentation of audiences onto different access devices. Their preferred solution to this problem is cross-device tracking, but this raises new privacy issues, which are drawing increased attention from regulators. In this article we look at the issues, and what it may mean for the future of marketing.

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