Online Privacy News and Views

Facebook’s Tracking Reach has Publishers Concerned

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, September 25, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Facebook, Tracking | Leave Comment

Facebook Like and sharing buttons have become pretty much ubiquitous on websites over the past few years. However, recent changes in policy at Facebook now has many websites concerned, and thinking about calling time on this strategy, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

Changes to Cookie Counts in Cookiepedia

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, August 11, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Stats, Cookiepedia | Leave Comment Cookiepedia Key Statistics

In the last few days we have been making some significant changes to the way we recognise and record certain types of cookies in the knowledge base that powers our site all about cookies - Cookiepedia. The result has been a big re-calculation of the prevalence of different types of cookies on the websites we have scanned. In particular we now believe that the percentage of cookies involved in visitor tracking and targeting – nearly 60% of all cookies – is much more representative of the true picture.

Google Gets a New Privacy Beating

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Google, Behavioural Advertising, OBA, Gurante | Leave Comment

Google has this week been told by Italy’s data protection regulator that it must get explicit consent from users to track them, particularly for behavioural advertising purposes.

Automated Cookie Law Checks Confirmed in France

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Audit, CNIL, Cookie Enforcement | Leave Comment CNIL logo

Back in March we learnt that the CNIL had been given new powers to carry out online data protection compliance inspections, and we speculated that this might extend to checking for cookie consent. It has now emerged that this is exactly what they plan to do.

Do Not Track Gets Thumbs Down from EU

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Tagged: Do Not Track, Article29 WP, Cookie Law | Leave Comment

Efforts to create a standard for Do Not Track (DNT) browser requests have been going on for many years now, but just as the technical issues look like coming to an end, the real questions about its effectiveness for privacy are as unresolved as ever. Now, the Article 29 Working Party seem to be saying that form their point of view, it has been a massive waste of time.

Italian Cookie Guidelines Released

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | Tagged: Garante, Italy DPA, Cookie Guidance | Leave Comment

Italy’s DPA, the Garante, has released new guidance on complying with Italy’s cookie law. With a requirement for layered notice and user controls.

Online Advertiser in Dutch Cookie Law Breach

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, May 23, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

YD is an online advertising network headquartered in the Netherlands, but also serving customers in Germany, France and Spain. The CBP, the Dutch Data Protection Authority has ruled that they are in violation of the cookie law in the Netherlands by using cookies for behavioural advertising, without users consent.

More Consumers Turn Against Online Tracking

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Tagged: Do Not Track, OBA, Cookie Law | Leave Comment

A new consumer survey in the US has found that 85% of consumers are opposed to ubiquitous tracking by online advertising companies.

Google Ruled Responsible for Privacy in Search

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | Tagged: Google, Right To Be Forgotten, Data Protection Regulation | Leave Comment Google logo

In a decision that may have wide reaching consequences the European Court of Justice has ruled that search engines should be held responsible for the protection of personal data in search results, even if the data concerned is legally available elsewhere.

Privacy the Play – Entertaining and Informative

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, April 25, 2014 | Tagged: Privacy Play, Snowden | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

I went to see the new play last night, Privacy, showing in the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, London. Its aim is to tell the story of both the social and personal impact of online surveillance, by governments and corporations.

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