Online Privacy News and Views

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.

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.

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