Online Privacy News and Views

Tracking Cookies To Require Explicit Consent?

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, October 15, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Do Not Track, Consent | Leave Comment

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) - an EU advisory body made up of the different national data protection regulators, has published an important new opinion this week on the definition of personal data - which could just reaslise the worst fears of the online advertising world.

The Real Risks of Derailing Do Not Track

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Tagged: Do Not Track | Leave Comment

In the last few weeks, the tensions around the agreement of a Do Not Track (DNT) standard have heightened considerably, and there appears to be a real risk of the whole initiative becoming meaningless.

Is Ad Tracking Data Personal?

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | Tagged: Data Protection | Leave Comment

Privacy International is a leading pressure group for better privacy rights for individuals. They have recently published their analysis of the proposed new EU Data Protection Regulation currently undergoing scrutiny.

IE10 Do Not Track Battle in Full Swing

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Tagged: Do Not Track, IE10 | Leave Comment

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer 10 with Do Not Track (DNT) switched on in the express installation option. I noted at the time that this one action would suddenly make DNT much more important.

Cookie Law UK Enforcement Update

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

Publishers, Advertisers, Designers and Developers have all got their own reasons for not liking the law. And in the last few days the 'we hate the cookie law' and 'get rid of the cookie law' have had quite a lot of success in getting their message across.

Behavioural Advertising: The Offer You Cannot Refuse

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, August 31, 2012 | Tagged: Behavioural Advertising | Leave Comment

Our blog post title today is taken from the title of a new research paper published in Harvard Law and Policy Review. In it, the authors present detailed findings on the uses of tracking technologies by online advertising companies.

Cookie Auditor Now in Chrome Store

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, August 30, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Audit, Chrome | Leave Comment

The Optanon Cookie Auditor has this week been published to the Chrome Web Store.

Revised Data Protection Regulations Draft Leaked

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | Tagged: Data Protection | Leave Comment

In the last few months, the different EU member states have been sending their feedback to the European Commission on the proposed new Data Protection Regulation, designed to replace current EU Data Protection legislation.

ICO Responds to Criticisms

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, August 23, 2012 | Tagged: ICO | Leave Comment

The ICO came under fire recently when a publicised Freedom of Information request published by PC Pro claimed their response as evidence that they are not properly prepared to enforce the cookie law.

Cookiepedia Opens to External Contributors

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, August 20, 2012 | Tagged: Cookiepedia | Leave Comment

In the last few months, in-between helping clients with their cookie law compliance, we have also been busy developing and improving the Cookiepedia resource - our free, public database all about cookies, based on the collection of data via our browser plug-ins.

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