Online Privacy News and Views

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.

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.

New Cookie Auditing Features

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, April 10, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Audit, Digital Governance, Accountability | Leave Comment

We recently conducted a survey of users of our Privacy Audit platform, to find out what we could do to improve it for them. To all of those that responded, we’d like to say a big thank you. More importantly however we can now also say: You asked, we delivered.

Facebook Challenged Over Cookie Compliance

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Facebook | Leave Comment

Facebook’s consumer tracking practices have been coming under increased scrutiny in recent months, including a recent report carried out for Belgium’s Data Protection Authority (DPA), where the authors provide the opinion that the company is in direct breach of the EU cookie laws.

Google Can be Sued Over Cookie Usage

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | Tagged: Google, Cookie Profiles | Leave Comment

A landmark decision by the UK Court of Appeal last week has opened the way for consumers to claim damages from Google over the setting of tracking cookies against users wishes. It could also clarify the question I posed just recently about the status of cookie profiles as personal data, which will have wide ranging consequences for the whole digital industry.

Cookie Sweep Findings - Could Do Better

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Cookie Stats, Cookie Sweep | Leave Comment

Most websites sites are providing information about cookies, but a lot less are obtaining consent and even fewer providing user controls. These are the broad findings published this week by the ICO and Article 29 Working Party, following their cookie sweep conducted last autumn.

Cookie Law Reform in 2016?

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Law Review, European Commission | Leave Comment

When the new European Commission was announced last year, one of the tasks for Gunther Oettinger as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society was leading a reform of the e-Privacy Directive. A timetable for this has now emerged so we have decided to look at what the main issues for the review are likely to be.

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