Online Privacy News and Views

Heartbleed and Privacy by Design

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Tagged: Heartbleed, Privacy by Design | Leave Comment Heartbleed

News of the Heartbleed bug has caused widespread consternation in the last few days, and a lot of scrambling to patch the millions of systems that may have been compromised. However, increasing security on its own is not the whole answer to these sorts of problems.

Microsoft Cloud Receives EU Approval

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, April 11, 2014 | Tagged: Article29 WP, Microsoft Azure, Heartbleed, Safe Harbor | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

Microsoft has become the first and only cloud platform provider to gain acknowledgement from the EU data protection authorities, that its contracts meet the EU’s requirements for protection of personal data.

Data Broker Calls For New Ethics

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Tagged: Privacy, Acxiom, Data Brokers, Privacy Impact Assessments, Do Not Track | Leave Comment

Scott Howe is CEO of Acxiom, one of the largest data technology businesses in the world, and often given the label ‘the largest company you’ve never heard of’. In a potentially ground breaking article in Ad Age just this week, Scott appears to have held his hands up on behalf of an industry and made the statement ‘we must do better’.

Automated Cookie Compliance Checks in France?

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, March 31, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, CNIL | Leave Comment

France’s DPA, the CNIL, has been given new powers of investigation which allow them to carry out online inspections for compliance with data protection laws.

Cookie Opt-Out Stats Revealed

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Cookie Stats, Optanon | 1 Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

Trust your visitors, and they will trust you back. This is our conclusion following analysis of visitor engagement with the Optanon cookie settings button and opt-out controls.

Personalisation vs. Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, February 17, 2014 | Tagged: Do Not Track, Permission to Personalise, OBA Privacy Choices | Leave Comment Personalisation vs Privacy

Sixty-two percent of British consumers say they would rather have better online privacy, than personalised services and recommendations. Is it time to start getting permission to personalise web services?

Safer Internet Day – A Privacy Fail

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Regulation, Safer Internet Day | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

Today is Safer Internet Day – where many worthy organisations come together to promote online safety – especially for the young and vulnerable. But the organisers have failed to deliver on online privacy.

Spanish Cookie Law Fines First in EU

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law Fines, Spanish DPA, Cookie Notices | Leave Comment

The first fines specifically for cookie law compliance failures have been handed out by the Spanish Data Protection Authority. They were handed out to two companies running a number of jewellery websites, one of which was an online store.

Consumers Want Transparency and Control over Online Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | Tagged: Data Protection Day, Data Privacy Day, Cookie Law, Data Protection | Leave Comment

As part of its commitment of Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day for North Americans) Microsoft yesterday released results of a new consumer survey about attitudes to privacy.

Data Protection – Law and Ethics

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | Tagged: Data Protection Day, Data Privacy Day, Big Data Ethics | Leave Comment

Today is Data Protection Day in the EU, and Data Privacy Day in the USA and Canada. It’s a time when privacy people will be engaged in all sorts of initiatives to help raise awareness and educate colleagues, customers and citizens about their respective rights and responsibilities. In this article I look at the interplay between law and ethics when it comes to the handling of personal information.

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