Online Privacy News and Views
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.
Facebook will be making changes for Belgian visitors in response to a ruling by the country’s Data Protection Commissioner, the company announced yesterday.
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.
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.
Facebook has announced the launch of a new online advertising platform that looks set to take consumer tracking to a whole new level, and is likely to open up a new front in the battle for online privacy. It may also be in breach of EU marketing and privacy rules.
Facebook Like and sharing buttons have become pretty much ubiquitous on websites over the past few years. However, recent changes in policy at Facebook now has many websites concerned, and thinking about calling time on this strategy, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.
Yesterday Facebook announced a major new development that has almost immediately been faced with criticism about its implications for privacy.
We have started doing some analysis on some of the websites with the biggest collections of cookies in our database. Whilst it is still early days, we think it is worth sharing what we have uncovered so far.
There must be hundreds of thousands of websites that have the Facebook ‘Like’ button on them. If not more. Probably Facebook could tell us if they wanted. It has been a very successful way of promoting a website, and it’s an easy way to get on the ‘social web’ bandwagon, so it’s not surprising it’s so popular.