Online Privacy News and Views

New Optanon Cookie Policy Generator

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Policy Generator, Cookie Audit | 1 Comment

The Optanon Cookie Policy Generator is a brand new platform that takes the pain out of keeping your website cookie policy up to date. At its heart is a new Software-as-a-Service cookie auditor that is fully integrated with our Cookiepedia knowledge base – the web’s largest information resource all about cookies.

Are Data Protection Changes Delayed?

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, November 1, 2013 | Tagged: Data Protection Regulation | Leave Comment

There has been much talk in privacy circles this week about a delay to the schedule for bringing the new EU Data Protection Regulation into force. But what is really going on?

The Cookie Law vs. The DPR

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, October 25, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Regulation, EUDATAP | 1 Comment

The Cookie Law and the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation (DPR) appear to be contradicting each other. Which one will win out when the DPR comes into force as expected?

Data Protection Regulation Passes Key Milestone

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | Tagged: Data Protection Regulation | Leave Comment

Proposals for a new EU wide Data Protection Regulation took a step closer last night as the package passed a key vote in the European Parliament. The LIBE justice committee voted to approve a text for the regulation following some 20 months of lobbying and negotiation. During that time over 3,000 amendments were submitted – a clear record in EU history, and an indication of how important this legislation will be.

Important New Cookies Guidance Released

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, October 14, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Article29 WP | 3 Comments

The Article 29 Working Party has today issued new guidance on the requirements for websites to be compliant with the cookie law. The body has been looking at the various cookie consent solutions that have been used, so this new guidance is really focussed on the practical aspects of compliance.

The World’s First Do Not Track Law

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, October 7, 2013 | Tagged: Do Not Track, California AB370, W3C | Leave Comment

The state government of California has in the last few days enacted the first law anywhere in the world that recognises the Do Not Track setting now found in most browsers. California law AB370 requires companies that collect data on Californian residents to declare in their privacy policy how they respond to the ‘do not track’ signal sent by some visitors browsers.

Cookie Compliance is Good for Business

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, September 27, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Compliance | Leave Comment

A new UK consumer attitudes survey from Truste shows clearly the importance of cookie law compliance, debunking the myth that nobody cares and that everybody would prefer to see the cookie law killed off.


By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, September 20, 2013 | Tagged: Cookiepedia, Documentary | Leave Comment

In Real Life is a new documentary looking at the impact of the internet on the lives of teenagers – who have never known a world without always-on web connected devices. Interspersing a selection of stories about online celebrity, porn addiction, cyber-bullying and more, the film also tries to find out what ‘the cloud’ really is – and what is being done with all the data that is being volunteered and collected by large companies every day. There are interviews with such luminaries as Julian Assange, Jimmy Wales and Nicholas Negroponte (who tells us he remembers a time when he literally knew everybody using the internet, in its infancy) – who talk about surveillance, loss of privacy and the enormous social changes that the web has brought about.

Who is Tracking You? - INFOGRAPHIC

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, September 19, 2013 | Tagged: Cookiepedia, Tracking, Infographic | Leave Comment

We have been busy crunching more cookie data over on Cookiepedia and the result is a new infographic, designed to give some insight into the world of tracking and cookie-based profiling.

The Age of Context

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | Tagged: Privacy | Leave Comment

I had the privilege recently to be sent an advance review copy of a new book – The Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel It is a fascinating insight into where are headed with our increasing connectedness, and the issues this throws up for privacy, and I would certainly urge anyone interested in this field to read it – especially those legislators in the EU.

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