Online Privacy News and Views

Data Broker Calls For New Ethics

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Tagged: Acxiom, Data Brokers, Do Not Track, Privacy, Privacy Impact Assessments | Leave Comment

Scott Howe is CEO of Acxiom, one of the largest data technology businesses in the world, and often given the label ‘the largest company you’ve never heard of’. In a potentially ground breaking article in Ad Age just this week, Scott appears to have held his hands up on behalf of an industry and made the statement ‘we must do better’.

Consumers Are Defending Their Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, January 24, 2014 | Tagged: Data Protection Regulation, EUDATAP, Privacy | Leave Comment

The Guardian has reported this week on findings by the GlobalWebIndex (GWI), which they claim show that privacy concerns amongst consumers have led to dramatic increase in the use of privacy enhancing tools. According to the report, GWI is suggesting that over half of the world’s internet users, 56% feel that personal privacy is being eroded – and they are doing something about it.

Is Privacy the Right Thing to be Talking About?

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | Tagged: Privacy | Leave Comment

Online privacy has never been a bigger issue than it became in 2013, and all the signs are that it is only going to get bigger in 2014. Yet ‘privacy’ is not really the heart if the issue. It is really a means to an end…

The Age of Context

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | Tagged: Privacy | Leave Comment

I had the privilege recently to be sent an advance review copy of a new book – The Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel It is a fascinating insight into where are headed with our increasing connectedness, and the issues this throws up for privacy, and I would certainly urge anyone interested in this field to read it – especially those legislators in the EU.

Does Privacy Need a Complete Overhaul?

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Tagged: Privacy | Leave Comment

I have been reading, and re-reading a very interesting paper recently (Nov. 2012) published by Microsoft – Notice and Consent in a World of Big Data

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