Online Privacy News and Views
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.
France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has sent Facebook a formal notice that it is in breach of a number of provisions of French data protection law, and is facing significant fines if it does not make changes to its practice within three months. The ruling has a significant impact on the interpretation of cookie law provisions for browser settings.
As almost everybody with an interest in privacy will know by now, the European Court of Justice has recently declared the EU-US Safe Harbour mechanism invalid. Right now there is a huge uncertainty about what it means for business, and there is a lot of coverage both in the privacy world and mainstream media about the issue. However, nobody has given much thought to the impact on cookie compliance - until now.
Google has started writing to customers of its Adsense, Doubleclick and other products to warn them that they must comply with the EU cookie law by 30 Sept, as part of a change in policy. To help with the process the company has developed a website cookiechoices.org. This provides guidance on compliance and includes links back to our site as a recognised provider of compliance software.
The French Data Protection Authority the CNIL has recently issued guidance and FAQs for website operators on how to comply with the French implementation of the cookie law, which requires an opt-in model for consent.
A new UK consumer attitudes survey from Truste shows clearly the importance of cookie law compliance, debunking the myth that nobody cares and that everybody would prefer to see the cookie law killed off.
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.
France's data protection authority, CNIL has recently released guidance for complying with the French implementation of the cookie law.