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.

Facebook Cookies Browser Settings and the CNIL

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Tagged: Facebook, French Cookie Compliance, Cookie Law Enforcement | Leave Comment

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.

Safe Harbour and Cookie Compliance

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, October 16, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Compliance, Safe Harbour | Leave Comment EU-US Safe Harbour

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.

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.

Google Requires Cookie Law Compliance, Optanon Referenced

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | Tagged: Google, Adsense, Doubleclick, Cookie Compl, Cookie Choices | Leave Comment

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 This provides guidance on compliance and includes links back to our site as a recognised provider of compliance software.

French DPA Issues New Cookie Compliance FAQs

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, January 8, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, CNIL, French Cookie Compliance | 1 Comment

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.

Cookie Compliance is Good for Business

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, September 27, 2013 | Tagged: Cookie Compliance | Leave Comment

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.

When Cookies Attack, or Why Compliance Requires Continued Vigilance

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Tagged: Cookie Compliance | Leave Comment

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.

French Authority CNIL Releases Cookie Compliance Guidance

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, November 7, 2011 | Tagged: French Cookie Compliance | Leave Comment

France's data protection authority, CNIL has recently released guidance for complying with the French implementation of the cookie law.

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