Online Privacy News and Views

Draft EU ePrivacy Regulation Leaked

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | Tagged: Cookie Law, ePrivacy, ePrivacy Regulation | Leave Comment

A draft of the proposed legislation to replace the outdated EU ePrivacy Directive was leaked on the Politico.eu (PDF) website this week. The proposal is for a much stricter regime, requiring prior consent for cookies and any kind of online tracking techniques. Fines for failure to comply may reach as high as 4% of a company’s global revenues.

Calls for Cookie Law to be Strengthened

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, August 16, 2016 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Cookie Law Review | Leave Comment

Preliminary results of a consultation on the EU ePrivacy Directive, which includes the rules on consent for cookies, show that citizens, civil society groups and data protection authorities all want to see a strengthening of rights and rules in online privacy. Industry however is hoping for a different outcome.

Brexit and the Cookie Law

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, June 27, 2016 | Tagged: Brexit, UK Cookie Law | Leave Comment

As the world now knows, the UK has voted to leave the EU, but this doesn't mean the end of cookie consent for UK websites. Find out why.

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.

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.

Facebook Concedes to Cookie Ruling

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, December 3, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Facebook, Belgium | Leave Comment

Facebook will be making changes for Belgian visitors in response to a ruling by the country’s Data Protection Commissioner, the company announced yesterday.

Facebook Facing Daily 250K Euro Cookie Fines

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | Tagged: Facebook, Cookie Law Fines | Leave Comment

Yesterday (10th November) a Belgian court ordered Facebook to stop tracking some non-members across the web. The social media giant was given 2 days to comply, or be issued fines of 250,000 euros per day.

Online Privacy: Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, November 9, 2015 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Regulation, Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy | Leave Comment

I read a lot of cookie policies. I realise that puts me in a very small minority, but it is part of my job. However, I think they can be very enlightening. Often overlooked as the poor cousin to the privacy policy, I believe I can learn much more about a company’s real attitudes to operational privacy from their cookie policy than I can with their privacy policy.

First Cookie Enforcements in France

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | Tagged: CNIL, Cookie Law France, Cookie Law Enforcement | Leave Comment CNIL logo

France’s data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has taken its first steps enforcing the cookie law in France, ordering 20 websites them to make amendments within a specified timeframe, or face further action.

France Begins Enforcing Cookie Law

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Tagged: CNIL, Cookie Law France, Enforcement | Leave Comment

The CNIL, France’s data protection authority has written to 20 website owners about failures to comply with the French cookie law, according to a press release published on June 30th. It is the first action taken by the regulator following initial investigations at the end of 2014.

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