Online Privacy News and Views

Consent, Choice and Online Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | Tagged: Online Privacy | 4 Comments

We have already seen over the last few months how difficult it can be to relate the word of law to the practical reality of life online.

Do Not Track, the Cookie Law and IE10

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, August 9, 2012 | Tagged: Do Not Track, Cookie Law, IE10 | Leave Comment

I have recently written about including support for Do Not Track (DNT for short) in the Optanon privacy compliance service, but as it is likely to become an ever more important issue in the general online privacy debate, I thought it would be worth looking at what DNT is and what its widespread consumer adoption might mean for the industry in more detail.

Optanon Support for Do Not Track and ICC Categories

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | Tagged: Optanon, Do Not Track | 1 Comment

We have made some important updates to the Optanon privacy compliance service in the last few days.

When Cookies Attack, or Why Compliance Requires Continued Vigilance

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Compliance | Leave Comment

If you want your business to be transparent about your use of cookie technology, and ensure that what you say you are doing is actually what you are doing, it is really important to pay attention to the detail of what is going on in your website.

The Drawbacks of Relying on Browser Controls for Cookie Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | 2 Comments

Quite a lot of websites have opted for an 'easy' solution to complying with the cookie law that relies on pointing people to sites that tell them how to use their browsers to prevent 'their' cookies from being set.

Automated Cookie Law Enforcement in the Netherlands

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, July 23, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

As many people are aware, the implementation of the EU directive into local laws in each EU member state has resulted in some fundamental differences from country to country.

The Cookie Law is Not Dead

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, July 20, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | 1 Comment

There has been a growing number of people in the weeks since the cookie law 'deadline' passed on May 26th coming out to declare both the failure of the ICO to enforce it, and its resultant death-by-apathy.

Transparency and Choice Key to Online Trust

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, July 13, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

A new survey conducted just after the UK began enforcing the cookie law has found that most consumers are more likely to do business with organisations that are transparent about their online data collection, and give people the opportunity to opt-out.

European Commission Fines Countries for Cookies Law Failures

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

The EU has started proceedings against five countries for a failure to implement the Cookie Directive into local law in time. The countries in question are: Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia.

Cookie Audit Completed? – Now Do It Again

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Audit | Leave Comment

So you've had your cookie audit done one way or another, you have updated your cookies policy to list all the cookies your site sets, and you may have even gone so far as to put a consent mechanism in place so visitors can opt-in or out of your cookies.

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