Online Privacy News and Views

Is Facebook’s Ad Platform Incompatible with EU Law?

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, October 3, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Act, ICO, Facebook, Do Not Track | Leave Comment

Facebook has announced the launch of a new online advertising platform that looks set to take consumer tracking to a whole new level, and is likely to open up a new front in the battle for online privacy. It may also be in breach of EU marketing and privacy rules.

Facebook’s Tracking Reach has Publishers Concerned

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, September 25, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Facebook, Tracking | Leave Comment

Facebook Like and sharing buttons have become pretty much ubiquitous on websites over the past few years. However, recent changes in policy at Facebook now has many websites concerned, and thinking about calling time on this strategy, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

Cookie Law to be Reviewed in 2015

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, ePrivacy Directive, e-Privacy | Leave Comment

The EU ePrivacy Directive, which gave rise to the current cookie laws in the UK and rest of Europe, is scheduled to be reviewed by the European Commission in 2015. This was revealed last week after the new Commission President elect, Jean-Claude Juncker published the Mission Letters written to his Commissioners.

Google Gets a New Privacy Beating

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Google, Behavioural Advertising, OBA, Gurante | Leave Comment

Google has this week been told by Italy’s data protection regulator that it must get explicit consent from users to track them, particularly for behavioural advertising purposes.

Do Not Track Gets Thumbs Down from EU

By: Richard Beaumont | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Tagged: Do Not Track, Article29 WP, Cookie Law | Leave Comment

Efforts to create a standard for Do Not Track (DNT) browser requests have been going on for many years now, but just as the technical issues look like coming to an end, the real questions about its effectiveness for privacy are as unresolved as ever. Now, the Article 29 Working Party seem to be saying that form their point of view, it has been a massive waste of time.

Online Advertiser in Dutch Cookie Law Breach

By: Richard Beaumont | Friday, May 23, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law | Leave Comment

YD is an online advertising network headquartered in the Netherlands, but also serving customers in Germany, France and Spain. The CBP, the Dutch Data Protection Authority has ruled that they are in violation of the cookie law in the Netherlands by using cookies for behavioural advertising, without users consent.

More Consumers Turn Against Online Tracking

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Tagged: Do Not Track, OBA, Cookie Law | Leave Comment

A new consumer survey in the US has found that 85% of consumers are opposed to ubiquitous tracking by online advertising companies.

Automated Cookie Compliance Checks in France?

By: Richard Beaumont | Monday, March 31, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, CNIL | Leave Comment

France’s DPA, the CNIL, has been given new powers of investigation which allow them to carry out online inspections for compliance with data protection laws.

Cookie Opt-Out Stats Revealed

By: Richard Beaumont | Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Cookie Stats, Optanon | 1 Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

Trust your visitors, and they will trust you back. This is our conclusion following analysis of visitor engagement with the Optanon cookie settings button and opt-out controls.

Safer Internet Day – A Privacy Fail

By: Richard Beaumont | Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | Tagged: Cookie Law, Data Protection Regulation, Safer Internet Day | Leave Comment umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml

Today is Safer Internet Day – where many worthy organisations come together to promote online safety – especially for the young and vulnerable. But the organisers have failed to deliver on online privacy.

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