Online Privacy News and Views

Data Protection Regulation To Constrain Online Advertising

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | Tagged: Data Protection | Leave Comment

Yesterday saw the official release of a list of amendments to the proposed new data protection regulation from the EU.

ICO Publishes Updated Cookie Enforcement Report

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | Tagged: ICO | Leave Comment

Yesterday the ICO published its much anticipated update to its enforcement activity for compliance with the cookies law. It is not as dramatic a document as some had perhaps expected or hoped for. There are no announcements of big fines.

Does Privacy Need a Complete Overhaul?

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Tagged: Privacy | Leave Comment

I have been reading, and re-reading a very interesting paper recently (Nov. 2012) published by Microsoft - Notice and Consent in a World of Big Data

Ad Tracking Gets More Personal

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, December 10, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

One of the ad industry's main arguments against tougher privacy regulation has often been the claim that they are not really targeting people but the devices they use.

Do Not Track - Beyond Compliance

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, November 30, 2012 | Tagged: Do Not Track | Leave Comment

Earlier this week I was presenting an overview of the current state of play with the attempts to agree a Do Not Track standard. It was part of a panel discussion at the ICC International ePrivacy seminar, looking at developments with different privacy regulation efforts impacting European businesses at the moment.

Irish Data Protection Commissioner to Begin Cookie Law Enforcement

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

Yesterday at the ICC ePrivacy Seminar a representative of the Office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner announced that they were planning to contact the owners of 50 of Ireland's top websites as the start of a process to enforce compliance with Ireland's implementation of the cookie law.

OFT Investigates Personalised Pricing

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, November 16, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

The UK Office of Fair Trading has announced a call for information about practices surrounding personalised pricing in ecommerce websites.

ICO Publishes First Cookie Law Enforcement Statistics

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Tagged: ICO | Leave Comment

The ICO has launched a new 'enforcement' section on its website today which includes the first reports on its activity to monitor and enforce the cookie law.

Google Releases Do Not Track for Chrome

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | Tagged: Chrome, Do Not Track, Google | Leave Comment

The latest automatic update for Google Chrome (version 23) was rolled out today, including their implementation of a Do Not Track Setting.

New Optanon Privacy Preference Centre Released

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | Tagged: Optanon | Leave Comment

We are delighted to announce today the release of a brand new version of our leading cookie law compliance tool, the Optanon Privacy Preference Centre.

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