Online Privacy News and Views

Online Advertiser in Dutch Cookie Law Breach

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, May 23, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

YD is an online advertising network headquartered in the Netherlands, but also serving customers in Germany, France and Spain. The CBP, the Dutch Data Protection Authority has ruled that they are in violation of the cookie law in the Netherlands by using cookies for behavioural advertising, without users consent.

More Consumers Turn Against Online Tracking

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Tagged: Do Not Track, OBA, Cookie Law | Leave Comment

A new consumer survey in the US has found that 85% of consumers are opposed to ubiquitous tracking by online advertising companies.

Google Ruled Responsible for Privacy in Search

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | Tagged: Google, Right To Be Forgotten, Data Protection Regulation | Leave Comment Google logo

In a decision that may have wide reaching consequences the European Court of Justice has ruled that search engines should be held responsible for the protection of personal data in search results, even if the data concerned is legally available elsewhere.

Privacy the Play – Entertaining and Informative

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, April 25, 2014 | Tagged: Privacy Play, Snowden | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

I went to see the new play last night, Privacy, showing in the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, London. Its aim is to tell the story of both the social and personal impact of online surveillance, by governments and corporations.

Heartbleed and Privacy by Design

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Tagged: Heartbleed, Privacy by Design | Leave Comment Heartbleed

News of the Heartbleed bug has caused widespread consternation in the last few days, and a lot of scrambling to patch the millions of systems that may have been compromised. However, increasing security on its own is not the whole answer to these sorts of problems.

Microsoft Cloud Receives EU Approval

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, April 11, 2014 | Tagged: Article29 WP, Microsoft Azure, Heartbleed, Safe Harbor | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

Microsoft has become the first and only cloud platform provider to gain acknowledgement from the EU data protection authorities, that its contracts meet the EU’s requirements for protection of personal data.

Data Broker Calls For New Ethics

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

Automated Cookie Compliance Checks in France?

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, March 31, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, CNIL | Leave Comment

France’s DPA, the CNIL, has been given new powers of investigation which allow them to carry out online inspections for compliance with data protection laws.

Cookie Opt-Out Stats Revealed

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Cookie Stats, Optanon | 1 Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

Trust your visitors, and they will trust you back. This is our conclusion following analysis of visitor engagement with the Optanon cookie settings button and opt-out controls.

Personalisation vs. Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, February 17, 2014 | Tagged: Do Not Track, Permission to Personalise, OBA Privacy Choices | Leave Comment Personalisation vs Privacy

Sixty-two percent of British consumers say they would rather have better online privacy, than personalised services and recommendations. Is it time to start getting permission to personalise web services?

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