Online Privacy News and Views
You may have noticed recently that Google have been very actively promoting the benefits of web personalisation via cookies. On November 21 they had three full pages in the Evening Standard, and similar ads have appeared in the Financial Times and I assume elsewhere as well. They have even got the Citizens Advice Bureau to endorse their efforts.
Do Not Track (DNT) is a browser based mechanism designed to enable a web user to communicate their privacy wishes to a website, with the idea that the website will then be able to respond in a way that respects that wish.
The European Commission is due to publish a proposal in January 2012 which will outline plans for new legislation to replace the current raft of data protection rules across the EU.
We are releasing these images of the cookie consent toolkit manager today. They show the interface that website managers will use to set up their cookie consent request messages.
France's data protection authority, CNIL has recently released guidance for complying with the French implementation of the cookie law.
If you read a random selection of blogs, articles and opinions on the cookie law, the view that you are most likely to come across can be broadly stated as: This is a bad law that will break the web, destroy valued services and reduce many companies to dust.
One of the areas of the new cookie law that has been most confusing for many people is the role, or potential role, of browsers in the consent process.
We will be taking part in a workshop on November 8th dedicated to the new cookie law, organised by law firm Bird & Bird.
I attended a seminar in Whitehall this morning on the subject of digital marketing. It was organised under the banner of the Westminster eForum - a platform aiming to provide opportunities for government bodies and policy makers to engage with private industry and other stakeholders.
I have recently been reading a series of articles about the implications of the USA Patriot Act for data protection in the EU. These have led me to consider, in my more paranoid moments, whether the Cookie Law was in fact written as a direct response to the potential impact of the US law on the data privacy of EU citizens.