Online Privacy News and Views

Safer Internet Day – A Privacy Fail

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Regulation, Safer Internet Day | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

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.

Spanish Cookie Law Fines First in EU

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law Fines, Spanish DPA, Cookie Notices | Leave Comment

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.

Consumers Want Transparency and Control over Online Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | Tagged: Data Protection Day, Data Privacy Day, Cookie Law, Data Protection | Leave Comment

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.

Data Protection – Law and Ethics

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | Tagged: Data Protection Day, Data Privacy Day, Big Data Ethics | Leave Comment

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.

Consumers Are Defending Their Privacy

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

French DPA Issues New Cookie Compliance FAQs

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, January 8, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, CNIL, French Cookie Compliance | 1 Comment

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.

Who’s Tracking Your Adult Entertainment?

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, December 13, 2013 | Tagged: Cookiepedia, Cookie Audit | Leave Comment

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.

New Do Not Track Alert for Optanon

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | Tagged: Do Not Track, Optanon | Leave Comment

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.

Google in Breach of Dutch Data Protection Law

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, November 29, 2013 | Tagged: ICO, Data Protection Act, Cookie Law | Leave Comment

Following a lengthy investigation, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) has published findings that it says Google’s privacy policy is in breach of the Dutch Data Protection Act. Particular consideration was given to changes to the policy in March 2012, which gave Google rights to combine personal data from users of it different services, through cookies and other online identifiers.

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