Online Privacy News and Views
Today is Safer Internet Day – where many worthy organisations come together to promote online safety – especially for the young and vulnerable. But the organisers have failed to deliver on online privacy.
The first fines specifically for cookie law compliance failures have been handed out by the Spanish Data Protection Authority. They were handed out to two companies running a number of jewellery websites, one of which was an online store.
As part of its commitment of Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day for North Americans) Microsoft yesterday released results of a new consumer survey about attitudes to privacy.
Today is Data Protection Day in the EU, and Data Privacy Day in the USA and Canada. It’s a time when privacy people will be engaged in all sorts of initiatives to help raise awareness and educate colleagues, customers and citizens about their respective rights and responsibilities. In this article I look at the interplay between law and ethics when it comes to the handling of personal information.
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.
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 French Data Protection Authority the CNIL has recently issued guidance and FAQs for website operators on how to comply with the French implementation of the cookie law, which requires an opt-in model for consent.
We’ve been collecting online tracking data via Cookiepedia for three years now, and without even trying very hard we have amassed data on 11 million cookies from 300,000 websites. Following on from our number crunching to produce the global who’s tracking you stats, we have taken a sample of sites from one market segment, to see how it compares with the global average.
Optanon has long had the capability to respond to the Do Not Track signal, however we have now rolled out a new interface element that automatically displays to the visitor to show the response.