Online Privacy News and Views
This week the Republic of Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has released the Irish government's guidance on complying with their version of the cookie law. What is really interesting about this is their take on the application of the law to session cookies.
This story has been going round the blogs in the last few days, but with the Beeb's own Rory Cellan-Jones stepping up to comment on it, the ICO's drop in visitor stats is set to become an even hotter topic. And having just released the first beta of our own cookie law tool this week, it seemed appropriate to comment.
We are delighted to announce that we have begun the process of opening up our cookie database. We have published today a new search page on the website which you can use to look up any domain and see a list of unique cookie names we have recorded against that domain.
We have today released version 1.2 of the Firefox version of the cookie Collector, making it fully compatible with Firefox 5. We urge all our users to download the new version of the plug-in today.
European Commissioner Viviane Reding was in the UK this week and The Register secured an interview with her. Reding is an advocate of consumer privacy, and although she was talking about privacy in a broader sense that the new cookie regulations, a lot of what she had to say will be interesting in terms of the direction the EU is heading.
There must be hundreds of thousands of websites that have the Facebook 'Like' button on them. If not more. Probably Facebook could tell us if they wanted. It has been a very successful way of promoting a website, and it's an easy way to get on the 'social web' bandwagon, so it's not surprising it's so popular.
We are delighted to announce that the Cookie Collector is now available as an extension for the Google Chrome browser. Plus it comes with new functionality not in the Firefox version.
According to a recent article from Reuters the EU is planning to get tough on member states that do not implement the new cookie regulations quickly enough.
We are delighted today to be able to release a new infographic with the first analysis of statistics that we have been gathering with our Cooke Collector.