Online Privacy News and Views

Calls for Cookie Law to be Strengthened

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, August 16, 2016 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Cookie Law Review | Leave Comment

Preliminary results of a consultation on the EU ePrivacy Directive, which includes the rules on consent for cookies, show that citizens, civil society groups and data protection authorities all want to see a strengthening of rights and rules in online privacy. Industry however is hoping for a different outcome.

New Audit and Consent Features Released

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, July 18, 2016 | Tagged: Optanon, Optanon Features, Cookie Consent | Leave Comment

New features have been released to support a model for path based consent within a domain. Read on to find out more.

Brexit and the Cookie Law

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, June 27, 2016 | Tagged: Brexit, UK Cookie Law | Leave Comment

As the world now knows, the UK has voted to leave the EU, but this doesn't mean the end of cookie consent for UK websites. Find out why.

The GDPR, Cookie Consent and Customer Centric Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, May 13, 2016 | Tagged: GDPR, Customer Centric Privacy, Cookie Consent, Cookie Law, Cookie Law Review | Leave Comment

The EU GDPR heralds a big change for online services and explicitly brings the use of cookies and similar technologies under its remit. The European Commission has now launched a public consultation for a revision of the ePrivacy Directive from which the EU cookie laws are derived to make sure these two instruments are harmonised for maximum consistency in the areas where they overlap. In this article I provide an overview of what the GDPR may mean for cookie consent as we have come to know it, and the opportunities this presents for forward thinking businesses to embrace a customer first online experience with respect to privacy.

Towards a Web Privacy Benchmark

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, April 1, 2016 | Tagged: Data Privacy, cookies, privacy benchmark | Leave Comment

We have been providing cookie audits for customers for several years now, and we often get asked by clients how their website compares to others. Is it time to start thinking about a web privacy benchmark?

Facebook Cookies Browser Settings and the CNIL

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Tagged: Facebook, French Cookie Compliance, Cookie Law Enforcement | Leave Comment

France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has sent Facebook a formal notice that it is in breach of a number of provisions of French data protection law, and is facing significant fines if it does not make changes to its practice within three months. The ruling has a significant impact on the interpretation of cookie law provisions for browser settings.

Data Privacy in 2016 – A Look Ahead

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, December 7, 2015 | Tagged: Data Privacy, GDPR, Safe Harbour, Privacy Impact Assessments, Privacy by Design | Leave Comment

2015 has been a big year for privacy, but 2016 could be even bigger. In this article I provide a few thoughts about what I thinkt the important issues will be.

Facebook Concedes to Cookie Ruling

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, December 3, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Facebook, Belgium | Leave Comment

Facebook will be making changes for Belgian visitors in response to a ruling by the country’s Data Protection Commissioner, the company announced yesterday.

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.

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