Online Privacy News and Views

GDPR Compliance Means Cookie Notices Must Change

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, November 3, 2016 | Tagged: Cookie Consent, Cookie Compliance, GDPR | Leave Comment I Agree

Are you one of those people that ticked the cookie law box ages ago and not thought about it since? Well the game has changed and now is the time to re-visit your position. The ePrivacy Directive which gave us the cookie law is currently undergoing a revision, but the real issue now is the EU GDPR.

New Audit and Consent Features Released

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, July 18, 2016 | Tagged: Optanon, Optanon Features, Cookie Consent | Leave Comment

New features have been released to support a model for path based consent within a domain. Read on to find out more.

The GDPR, Cookie Consent and Customer Centric Privacy

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, May 13, 2016 | Tagged: GDPR, Customer Centric Privacy, Cookie Consent, Cookie Law, Cookie Law Review | Leave Comment

The EU GDPR heralds a big change for online services and explicitly brings the use of cookies and similar technologies under its remit. The European Commission has now launched a public consultation for a revision of the ePrivacy Directive from which the EU cookie laws are derived to make sure these two instruments are harmonised for maximum consistency in the areas where they overlap. In this article I provide an overview of what the GDPR may mean for cookie consent as we have come to know it, and the opportunities this presents for forward thinking businesses to embrace a customer first online experience with respect to privacy.

The Cookie Law is not about the Cookies

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, October 5, 2015 | Tagged: Facebook, Consent, Optanon, Cookie Compliance, Lotame | Leave Comment

When you use cookies on a website, you are very often collecting data about people. Most of the time you can argue that the consequences of this are minor, and most or the time that is mostly true. Sometimes however this exposes those individuals to risks. If those people happen to be some of the more vulnerable members of society, those risks can be significant. If you allow that data to get into the hands of other organisations with no control over what can happen to it, those risks are greater still. And if you are an organisation that is supposed to be helping those people, but seem to be either unaware of these risks, or ignoring them, then this becomes a serious failure in duty of care.

Ignoring Do Not Track Risks Cookie Law Compliance

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, December 4, 2014 | Tagged: Do Not Track, Cookie Law, ICO, Implied Consent | Leave Comment

The UK’s most used cookie law compliance model is not compliant if Do Not Track requests are ignored by websites setting tracking cookies, according to the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) case work team.

The Five Models of Cookie Law Consent

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, October 24, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Cookie Consent | Leave Comment

The recent cookie sweep conducted by French regulator the CNIL has caused an upsurge in interest and articles about complying with the EU cookie laws. We decided it was time to do produce some more substantial updated guidance.

ICO Website Creates New Implied Consent Reference Model

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, February 1, 2013 | Tagged: ICO, Implied Consent | 3 Comments

Last week the ICO gave us advance notice that they were going to change their website to an implied consent model of cookie law compliance.

Tracking Cookies To Require Explicit Consent?

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, October 15, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Do Not Track, Consent | Leave Comment

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) - an EU advisory body made up of the different national data protection regulators, has published an important new opinion this week on the definition of personal data - which could just reaslise the worst fears of the online advertising world.

New ICO Guidance Increases Support for Implied Consent

By: Richard Beaumont | Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Tagged: ICO, Implied Consent | 1 Comment

The ICO released updated guidelines to websites looking to comply with the cookie law on Friday 25 May - the last working day of their one year grace period for enforcement.

Optanon Implied Consent Released

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, May 24, 2012 | Tagged: Implied Consent, Optanon | Leave Comment

It has been a busy last few weeks at Cooke Collective Central. With the imminent end of the ICO's enforcement grace period, the online world has woken up to the requirements of the cookie law - and our phones have barely stopped ringing.

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