Online Privacy News and Views
A draft of the proposed legislation to replace the outdated EU ePrivacy Directive was leaked on the Politico.eu (PDF) website this week. The proposal is for a much stricter regime, requiring prior consent for cookies and any kind of online tracking techniques. Fines for failure to comply may reach as high as 4% of a company’s global revenues.
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.
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’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.
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.
The UK spy agency GCHQ used the contents of common tracking cookies to help identify individuals as part of its surveillance operations, according to an article published by The Intercept over the weekend.
The UK’s most used cookie law compliance model is not compliant if Do Not Track requests are ignored by websites setting tracking cookies, according to the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) case work team.
The use of device fingerprinting techniques, which are increasingly being employed as an alternative to cookies, should be treated by website owners as equivalent to cookies when it comes to the requirements for gaining user consent under the various EU cookie laws.