Online Privacy News and Views
In the last few months, in-between helping clients with their cookie law compliance, we have also been busy developing and improving the Cookiepedia resource - our free, public database all about cookies, based on the collection of data via our browser plug-ins.
We have already seen over the last few months how difficult it can be to relate the word of law to the practical reality of life online.
I have recently written about including support for Do Not Track (DNT for short) in the Optanon privacy compliance service, but as it is likely to become an ever more important issue in the general online privacy debate, I thought it would be worth looking at what DNT is and what its widespread consumer adoption might mean for the industry in more detail.
We have made some important updates to the Optanon privacy compliance service in the last few days.
If you want your business to be transparent about your use of cookie technology, and ensure that what you say you are doing is actually what you are doing, it is really important to pay attention to the detail of what is going on in your website.
Quite a lot of websites have opted for an 'easy' solution to complying with the cookie law that relies on pointing people to sites that tell them how to use their browsers to prevent 'their' cookies from being set.
As many people are aware, the implementation of the EU directive into local laws in each EU member state has resulted in some fundamental differences from country to country.
There has been a growing number of people in the weeks since the cookie law 'deadline' passed on May 26th coming out to declare both the failure of the ICO to enforce it, and its resultant death-by-apathy.
A new survey conducted just after the UK began enforcing the cookie law has found that most consumers are more likely to do business with organisations that are transparent about their online data collection, and give people the opportunity to opt-out.
The EU has started proceedings against five countries for a failure to implement the Cookie Directive into local law in time. The countries in question are: Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia.